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Security tightened after attack on Washington Navy Yard
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The attack on the Washington Navy Yard is forcing federal officials to take a closer look at security measures as the criminal investigation continues.
Investigators do know Aaron Alexis was working as a defense contractor at the navy yard complex.
Records show he purchased a shotgun in Virgina, used his security card to enter the navy yard and began shooting.
He was eventually killed in a shootout with police.
Alexis' family said he had a history of mental illness. He called police last month to complain that voices were harassing him through the walls of his hotel room and he worried they might harm him.
"That presents the greatest problem of all, an insider," said retired Col. Mitch Mitchell.
"I don't know how in the world he got a clearance to be able to get into the navy yard with those weapons to begin with," said the widow of one of the shooting victims, Judy Johnson.
President Obama has ordered a review of security standards for contractors and employees at federal agencies.
Congress has announced it too will look into security procedures for government facilities.
As the investigation continues, we're starting to hear from the families who lost their loved ones. One of the shooting victims was Michael Arnold, a Michigan native.
His mother is in disbelief over the news.
"It's not real. It just... It's not possible. Not possible that they shot him just for no reason. He loved his country. He loved the Navy. He loved flying. He was just a happy person," said Patricia Arnold.
Arnold was a Naval Academy grad, a veteran of 29-years and an avid pilot. The 59-year-old was working on a ship design team at the navy yard.