This morning we're learning more about the man behind the Washington Navy Yard shootings - the voices he heard, the victims he left behind. ABC's Tahman Bradley is at the Navy Yard with the very latest.
Law enforcement authorities tell ABC News the Washington Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, was a "ticking time bomb" on a final descent into madness. But it appears no one connected the dots.
On August 7th, Alexis called the Newport Police in Rhode Island with a bizarre tale -- documented in a police report obtained by ABC. He described a confrontation with an unidentified person who had sent three people to follow him and keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations to his body through a microwave machine.
Sources tell ABC News, Alexis recently sought help from VA hospitals in Rhode Island and DC for insomnia. But officials won't talk about his mental state.
"No, I can't comment on that at this time," said Valerie Parlave, FBI
Just two days before the Navy Yard rampage, Alexis visited a gun store and firing range in Lorton, Virginia. Eyewitnesses to the shooting are describing a determined killer. John Weaver watched the suspect methodically murder six of his friends.
"I popped my head up and I saw him pointing his gun at my friend and he shot her," John Weaver, eyewitness
A day after the shooting, Washington paused to remember the twelve people who died. One of those victims, 52-year old Richard Michael Ridgell, a veteran of the Iraq war.
"He loved the Ravens," said Tracey Ridgell, a victim's wife.
"His proudest thing was being a good dad," said Heather Hunt, a victim's daughter.
President Obama told Telemundo that the U.S. is more vulnerable to these types of mass shootings because the country does not have a strong enough background check system for gun purchases.
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