Aaron Alexis, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding at least eight at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, was in the Navy Reserves and was a practicing Buddhist who once lived in a temple outside Ft. Worth. Alexis was discharged from the Reserves in January 2011 for a “pattern of misconduct,” a Navy official told The Washington Post, although another official said Alexis was given a “general discharge.” Alexis, 34, worked for Hewlett-Packard as a subcontractor and had been scheduled to start work at the Navy yard later this month. Though friends describe him as “such a nice guy,” Alexis had a dangerous police record: he had been arrested twice, once in 2004 for shooting at the tires of a neighbor’s car and again in 2010 for firing a bullet into his Ft. Worth apartment.
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