Sep. 16 11:38 PM EDTap

Two federal officials say Aaron Alexis had an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun that he took from a police officer at the scene. The two officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss a pending investigation.

Sep. 17 12:52 AM EDT

Law enforcement officials say gunman Aaron Alexis carried three weapons at the Navy Yard: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun he took from an officer at the scene.

Sep. 17 1:19 PM EDT


Law enforcement officials initially told the AP Monday that the Navy building gunman, Aaron Alexis, had carried an AR-15 at the scene of the shooting among other weapons. The authorities have confirmed today although the AR-15 assault weapon was found at the scene it was neither carried nor used by the gunman.

Separately, law enforcement officials said Tuesday that the shooter was armed with a shotgun and two handguns. There are conflicting reports from authorities about whether Alexis had one or two handguns.

We are investigating further on the handguns and will and will expedite clarification in our stories.

The AP

Sep. 17 3:28 PM EDT

The FBI says Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis had a shotgun when he entered a building and got a handgun inside after he started firing.

Valerie Parlave, head of the FBI’s field office in Washington, said Tuesday they don’t have any information that he had an AR-15 assault rifle in his possession.

There has been conflicting information about the weapons Alexis used. Previously, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press the gunman had two handguns he took from officers.


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  1. This is what happens when you have people trying to get their 5 minutes of fame and not getting the facts straight.This went right thru the government anti gun people who jumped on the bandwagon when they heard it was an ar15.

  2. Pingback: How the Associated Press covered the Navy Shooter's mythical AR-15... | The Gun Feed

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