Alexis Treated For Insomnia Weeks Before Navy Yard Shooting

Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter who killed 12 people on Monday, received treatment for insomnia several weeks prior to the incident, according to a Veterans Affairs memo delivered to congressional committees Wednesday, the Washington Post reported:

During his visit Aug. 23  to the VA Medical Center in Providence, Alexis was given a small amount of a sleep medication and instructed to follow up with a primary care provider, the memo states.

Alexis showed up at the emergency room at the VA Medical Center in Washington five days later to request a refill, complaining of insomnia which he attributed to his work schedule, according to the memo.

Alexis had also been suffering from a host of mental problems, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, and had been hearing voices in his head, according to the Associated Press.

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