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Mother of DC Navy Yard Shooter Speaks Out

While a motive for Monday's shooting at Washington's navy yard may never be known, a disturbing picture of the alleged gunman's mental stability is becoming clear.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- While a motive for Monday's shooting at Washington's navy yard may never be known, a disturbing picture of the alleged gunman's mental stability is becoming clear.

It's also raising a lot of questions about the depth and accuracy of background checks.

The mother of the now deceased suspect is also speaking out.      

In an emotional and gut wrenching moment the mother of Aaron Alexis, the deceased Washington navy yard shooter, talked about her son's actions and how she will never be able to understand or ask her son why.

"I don't know why he did what he did and I'll never be able to ask him why. Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone and, for that, I am glad. To the families of the victims, I am so, so very sorry this has happened. My heart is broken," she says.

Three women and nine men were gunned down inside building 197 at the southeast D.C. base.
             
"I am just so shocked and stunned," she says. "He loved his job and wanted to keep working because he loved it."

Just last month, the former navy reservist complained to police in Newport, Rhode Island of hearing voices, leading officers to notify the navy.

Alexis had also contacted at least two Veteran's Affairs (VA) hospitals about a host of mental issues.

"We need to bite the bullet and come up with some sort of a centralized database for mental health."      

The military approved an all-access ID card in July allowing Alexis entry into several military installations.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of security and access procedures at all Department of Defense installations worldwide.

"Where there are failures we will correct them. We owe the victims their families and all our people nothing less."

The navy yard will reopen to all employees Thursday. Only essential employees have been at work since Monday.

President Obama will attend a memorial service Sunday.
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