A former U.S. Navy serviceman who went on a rampage at a naval installation in Washington. D.C — before being shot dead — has left behind numerous questions that are unlikely to be answered.
The man who was identified as Aaron Alexis, hailing from Texas, went on a shooting spree and gunned down at least 12 people. He was reportedly armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a shotgun. He is also said to have snatched a handgun from a policeman nearby! The narration is too dramatic and unconvincing to believe in a heavily secured installation in the US capital. Moreover, there is confusion as to whether Alexis was acting alone or had accomplices, and what could have been his real motive?
The ex-serviceman who was on a roll call as a contractor back with the military, FBI input says, was formerly a petty officer in the Navy who completed his full term and was decorated with medals. Surprisingly enough, he was a recipient of the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal at the Navy!
What factors could have motivated him to go on a shooting spree will help answer many searching questions in American conscience. It should also be probed, independently, whether the allegation that Alexis was the shooter is true or not, and needs to be supplemented with CCTV footage. Reports that he had disciplinary issues and was not psychologically sound after converting to Christianity and had gun-related brushes with the law makes the mosaic too confusing.
The trend in the US of going on a rampage at sensitive installations needs to be studied carefully. As rightly stated by Washington D.C Mayor Vincent Gray, it should not be read as a terrorism incident. Rather, it has more to do with the mores and undercurrents of American society in an evolution of its own.
Khaleej Times, Dubai