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Report on security after naval yard shootings
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Navy report says lies by the Washington Navy Yard shooter, combined with federal investigators' inaction, allowed him to work in the secure building where he gunned down 12 workers.
The report says Aaron Alexis did not disclose all the details of his criminal history when applying for security clearance.
Apparently those who performed the government background check knew this, but did not tell the Navy.
Alexis was arrested in Seattle in 2007 for malicious mischief after reportedly shooting the tires on a construction worker's vehicle.
He told security clearance personnel he did not disclose the charge because he was told it was going to be dismissed.
Navy officials say they did not learn the arrest involved a gun until after the navy yard attack last week.
Alexis was working as a subcontractor at the D.C. base.