FBI releases photos and video of Navy Yard gunman

BY News Desk  September 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM EST

The FBI released photos and surveillance footage of the Navy Yard gunman, saying that Aaron Alexis acted alone and believed he was being controlled by “extremely low frequency,” or ELF waves.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Valerie Parlave, the assistant director of FBI’s Washington field office, said the former contractor and shooter entered Navy Yard with a valid ID and that there was “no indication to date that Alexis was targeting specific individuals.” Parlave also said the FBI is continuing to investigate Alexis’ mental health history and that there are “indicators that Alexis was prepared to die during the attack and that he accepted death as the inevitable consequence of his actions.”

The FBI released a timeline detailing Alexis’ activity during the morning of September 16, 2013.

Shown in the photos below, engraved into his weapons were several handwritten messages, including “my ELF weapon” and “End to the torment.”

Alexis drives his rental car, a blue Toyota Prius, through the Washington Navy Yard main gate. Photo and caption released by the FBI
Alexis’ rental car enters Washington Navy Yard Parking Garage #28 at 7:53 a.m. on September 16, 2013. Photo and caption released by the FBI
Alexis enters Building #197 at 8:08 a.m., carrying a backpack. Alexis had legitimate access to the Washington Navy Yard as a result of his work as a contractor, and he utilized a valid pass to gain entry to the building. Photo and caption released by the FBI
Alexis moves through the hallways of Building #197 carrying the Remington 870 shotgun. Photo and caption released by the FBI
Alexis moves through the hallways of Building #197 carrying the Remington 870 shotgun. Photo and caption released by the FBI
Aaron Alexis’ backpack was found in the fourth-floor men’s bathroom, hanging on the back of a stall door. Photo and caption released by the FBI
Aaron Alexis’ rental car, a blue Toyota Prius with New York plates, was located in Washington Navy Yard Parking Garage #28. Photo and caption released by the FBI
Aaron Alexis’ Remington 870 shotgun with sawed-off barrel and stock. Etchings on the left side of the shotgun receiver read “Better off this way!” and “My ELF weapon!” Photo and caption released by the FBI
A close-up photograph of the etchings on the left side of Alexis’ shotgun receiver. Photo and caption released by the FBI
Aaron Alexis’ Remington 870 shotgun with sawed-off barrel and stock. Etching on the right side of the shotgun receiver read “Not what yall say!” Photo and caption released by the FBI
A close-up photograph of the etching on the right side of Alexis’ shotgun receiver. Photo and caption released by the FBI
Etching on the barrel of the Remington 870 shotgun used by Alexis read “End to the torment!” Photo and caption released by the FBI