Workers return to the Washington Navy Yard this morning, 3 days after the shocking shooting spree. ABC's Tahman Bradley is at the Washington Navy Yard with the latest.
The Washington Navy Yard reopens today. But questions still remain about the shooter who killed twelve people.
"There were a lot of red flags. Why they didn't get picked up? Those are all legitimate questions that we're going to be dealing with," Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Police in Rhode Island alerted the Newport Naval Station that Aaron Alexis told them a bizarre story about hearing voices and microwave machines keeping him up at night. But the Navy says the information was never passed up the chain of command and Alexis kept his job as a civilian contractor with the Navy.
"If someone is in a position where they have access to information and facilities because of their clearances, a mental health issue or problem can be extremely serious," Mary Ellen O'Toole, FBI profiler
ABC News has learned that Alexis carved the words "better off this way" and my "E-L-F Weapon" on the stock of his Remington 870 shotgun. Investigators are examining the meaning of the phrases. Alexis's mother, who asked not to be shown on camera, apologized for her son's actions.
"I am so, so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken," said Cathleen Alexis, Mother of Aaron Alexis
Just a few blocks from the Navy Yard on Capitol Hill, relatives of victims from previous mass shootings pleaded for new gun legislation.
"I don't want another family to go through what I'm going through right now," said Carlos Soto, Brother of Sandy Hook Shooting Victim
"We will not give up. We will not go away. We are here forever," Sandy Phillips, Mother of Aurora Shooting Victim
As a result of the shooting here, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered reviews of military security and employee screening programs.
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