POSTED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 6:23pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 6:46pm
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — The shooting rampage at the Washington Navy yard has many people talking about the dead Gunman's past. Reportedly, Aaron Alexis was mentally ill.
U.S.. Law Enforcement officials reported, Alexis was suffering from a post traumatic stress disorder, paranoia and a sleep disorder.
Dead gunman, 34- year-old Aaron Alexis, former navy reservist and military contractor was believed to have been frustrated with life.
"There are evil people out there like this, they are going to go to facilities where they know they won't be opposed," says Hank Resler, Tyler resident.
Reports say, the shooter was being treated for mental illness weeks before Monday's shooting rampage because he had been hearing voices.
It's reported after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Alexis had anger management problems and post- traumatic stress disorder after working as an "active participant on rescue attempts.
"It is an abnormal exposure that person has suffered, it is not possible to say it is as simple as well he heard voices that means he has PTSD," says Psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph P. Arisco.
KETK spoke to Psychiatrist Dr. Joseph P. Arisco about how his mental illness could have been linked to this shooting.
"now are talking about the violence and killings and things, the trauma itself is unpredictable how the individual reacts."
Dr. Arisco tells, KETK there's more to it than PTSD. He says, just take a look at his past.
From 2007 to 2011, Alexis served as a navy reservist and was honorably discharged after a pattern of misconduct.
Since 2004, the shooter had many run-ins with the law.
"Not everybody in the military is going to have the chance to be a person that gets post traumatic stress disorder," says Dr. Arisco.
"He never got a good background check, he bought guns, rifles and pistols," says Harold Allen, Tyler resident.
East Texans say, with his background and illness he should not have had access to guns and the privilege to do government work.