Streets reopened near scene of Navy Yard shooting

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The streets around the Washington Navy Yard, the scene of Monday's shootings that left a gunman and 12 others dead, have been reopened.

Access to the Navy Yard is being limited to mission-essential personnel.

In addition to the 12 who died, eight others were wounded. All of them are expected to survive.

Authorities continue to learn more about the gunman -- a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building. He was eventually killed in a gun battle with police.

Law enforcement officials say Aaron Alexis had been suffering from a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. They say he had also been hearing voices in his head. They say he'd been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems. But the Navy hadn't declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance he had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.

According to two federal law enforcement officials, Alexis carried three weapons: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun he took from a police officer at the scene. The AR-15 is the same type of rifle that was used in last year's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. It was also used in the shooting at a Colorado movie theater that killed 12 people.

Hospital official say a police officer and two civilians wounded in the Washington Navy Yard shooting are doing well.

Dr. Janis Orlowski, MedStar Washington Hospital Center's chief medical officer, said Tuesday morning that the police officer, who was shot in the legs, and a woman who was shot in the shoulder are in fair condition. She says a young woman whose skull was grazed by a bullet is in good condition and asked Monday if she could go home.

Orlowski says the woman feels well and wants to start putting some of this behind her. She says the two female victims saw others who were shot and are "very worried about their co-workers" but aren't yet aware of the extent of Monday's events, which saw 13 people, including the gunman, killed.

Stories are emerging about the 12 people who were killed in yesterday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.

They included 59-year-old Navy veteran Michael Arnold. He worked at the Navy Yard on a team that designed vessels such as the USS Makin Island, an amphibious assault ship used by the Marine Corps. His uncle says Arnold and his wife had been married for more than 30 years. He says Arnold was an avid pilot who'd been building a light airplane in his basement.

Kathleen Gaarde, who was 63, was a financial analyst who supported the organization responsible for the shipyards. Her husband Douglass, in an email to the Associated Press, says they'd been together for 42 years, and were just starting to plan their retirement. Now, he says, "none of that matters."

Evelyn Proctor says her 46-year-old ex-husband Kenneth had spent 22 years working for the federal government, and had been working as a civilian utilities foreman at the Navy Yard. Even though they'd divorced this year after 19 years of marriage, she says they remained "very close" and "talked every day." They spoke yesterday shortly before he left for work. He was killed in the building where he routinely stopped for breakfast on his way to his job.

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