The family of a woman killed during a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in September is seeking $37.5 million from the Navy and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
NORTH RIDGEVILLLE, Ohio - Watching closely the events unfolding at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard Monday was John Hatzadony of North Ridgeville.
Hatzadony is an anti-terrorism expert who worked as an intelligence analyst for the Department of Homeland Security. Now teaching on the topic at Notre Dame College he said investigators immediately were looking to see what they were dealing with. "What type of incident is it? Is it personalized, is it organized," he asked.
"If there is a conspiracy and a conspiracy takes more than one person that could mean there is a relationship between other planned attacks."
Hatzadony believes the alleged gunman Aaron Alexis, 34, of Ft. Worth, Texas may been able to gain access to the base with his military ID.
His military record will reveal some insight to investigators about that part of his life while the FBI has called on those who knew him to come forward with information to fill in the blanks since his discharge in 2011 to see if there were any warning signs.
"Right now they're trying to find out as much as they can about him," said Hatzadony. "All the places that he's visited, places that he's lived, everybody who has known him, just to see was there a trigger was there a change in behavior?"
"Once the investigators start releasing that to the public we'll find out more and find out whether this was a very personal attack or whether there was something more behind it," he said.
The Navy is considering an extensive redesign of the Washington Navy Yard building where 12 workers were gunned down last month.
Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday to celebrate the life of a federal worker and lifelong Washington Redskins fan who was gunned down at the Washington Navy Yard last week.
The FBI says there is no indication that the Navy Yard shooter targeted any specific individuals when he opened fire inside a building, killing 12 people.
President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting by urging Americans not to give up on a transformation in gun laws that he argued are to blame for an epidemic of violence. "There is nothing inevitable about it -- it comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make," Obama said.
Investigators focused Thursday on the erratic behavior of a former U.S. Navy reservist who law enforcement officials say had reported hearing voices before he shot dead 12 people at a military base in Washington this week.
Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor and former Navy reservist, apparently managed to exploit seams in the nation's patchwork of complicated gun laws designed to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.
At the U.S. Navy Memorial, in church and on the baseball field, the nation's capital paused Tuesday to mourn the 12 people killed in a shooting rampage at one of the oldest military installations.
The former Navy reservist who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had been hearing voices and was undergoing treatment in the weeks before the shooting rampage, but was not stripped of his security clearance, officials said Tuesday.
A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. Early Tuesday, the stories of some of those who died started to surface.