Navy Yard gunman worked for South Florida company

By Ben Candea, Senior Web Producer, bcandea@local10.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:39:41 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 19 2013 09:53:05 AM EDT

The 34-year-old man who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard worked for a Fort Lauderdale-based company, giving him access to the heavily-secured complex.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The 34-year-old man who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday worked for a Fort Lauderdale-based company, giving him access to the heavily-secured complex.

The FBI identified Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, as the gunman.

Alexis did information technology work for The Experts, Inc., giving him a valid pass to the Washington Navy Yard.

"Mr. Alexis had legitimate access to the Navy Yard as a result of his work as a contractor," said Assistant FBI Director Val Parlave.

The Experts, Inc. issued a statement Wednesday, saying the company "enlisted a service to perform two background checks and we confirmed twice through the Department of Defense his secret government clearance."

Company officials said its latest background check only found a traffic violation for Alexis, adding that they were working with the FBI and other agencies during the investigation.

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