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No Motive Found Yet in Deadly Navy Yard Shootings

WASHINGTON, DC -- 13 people are dead following a mass shooting on the grounds of a Navy base in Washington, DC. The suspected shooter, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, is among those dead. But there are more questions than answers this morning.
No one saw it coming, no one knew anything so it's just shocking
WASHINGTON, DC  -- 13 people are dead following a mass shooting on the grounds of a Navy base in Washington, DC.  The suspected shooter, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, is among those dead.  And authorities are doing everything they can to find information about the former Navy reservist.  But there are more questions than answers this morning.

The investigation into Monday's deadly shooting on a Navy base continued through the night.  One question that remains unanswered is why?

Police say 34-year-old Aaron Alexis opened fire inside a building on Washington's Navy Yard.

"It's like, pow-pow-pow," one witness describes.

From his position on the fourth floor, Alexis had a sniper's view overlooking the atrium below.

"There wasn't really any cover to take.  In the atrium, we were out in the open, so that was it," said one Navy Yard employee.

12 people were killed in the attack, all of them civilian contractors.
Alexis became the 13th person killed when he died during a shootout with police.

Because police can't question Alexis, they're looking to the public for a better idea of his whereabouts and activiites in the days leading up to the shooting.

"While we have learned some information about his recent whereabouts, we continue to work to determine where he has been, who he has talked to, and what he has done," says Valarie Parlave, assistant director of the FBI.

The FBI released a poster, asking the public to call with any information.

"By putting that out, they've already had numerous acquaintances come forward, former co-workers, current co-workers, and they've learned a lot," explains John Miller, senior correspondent for "CBS This Morning".

Here's what is known about Aaron Alexis.
He was arrested in 2004 in Seattle for shooting out a man's tires.  And again in 2010 for firing shots into the apartment above his.  He was not prosecuted in either case.

Alexis's family says he had little to do with them, and they say Monday's events came as a surprise.
"No one saw it coming, no one knew anything so it's just shocking," says Anthony Little, Alexis' brother-in-law.

Authorities do not believe Alexis has ties to terrorist organizations.

Police were looking for a possible second shooter, but now believe Aaron Alexis was the only gunman.


(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)

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