Gunman Had 'Secret' Security Clearance

The man who opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning had security clearance to be in the complex. Aaron Alexis was working for a Hewlett-Packard subcontractor called The Experts. It was originally thought he used another ID to gain access to the building. Alexis had been discharged from the Navy two years ago, and the circumstances are unclear. “Discharge from the military does not automatically disqualify a person from getting a job as a military contractor or a security clearance. It depends on what the circumstances are,” the company's CEO, Thomas Hoshko said. “Obviously he was well qualified. This really came out and shocked all of us.”