Washington, DC

The following vignettes describe the circumstances for killings not ruled self-defense by private individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns. The incidents below all occurred in the District of Columbia. The descriptions include the current, known status of any charges filed against the concealed carry killer as reported by news sources as well as noting instances where the perpetrator committed suicide.

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Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Aaron Alexis SHOT AND KILLED DURING INCIDENT

Date: September 16, 2013
People Killed: 13 (including shooter)

On September 16, 2013, concealed handgun permit holder Aaron Alexis, 34, shot and killed 12 people at an office building at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.  Alexis entered the building with a Remington 870 shotgun hidden in his backpack.  At around 8:15 AM, Alexis emerged from a men’s room on the fourth floor of the building and began firing indiscriminately, killing 12 workers.  By 8:34 AM, Alexis was involved in a firefight with as many as seven teams of law enforcement officers.  Alexis was able to use a fourth floor balcony wall as concealment as he fired his shotgun from the balcony down through the building’s atrium.  While police at one point thought there may have been more than one shooter, Alexis acted alone and was killed by police at approximately 10:13 AM.  Alexis purchased his Remington 870 shotgun and two boxes of shells from Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Newington, Virginia just two days before the shooting.  Alexis had a concealed carry permit from Texas and had previously held one issued in the state of Washington.

Source: “Inside Sharpshooters, the Newington gun store where Aaron Alexis bought his shotgun,” The Washington Post, September 18, 2013; “Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis carved an indiscriminate path through Building 197,” The Washington Post, September 17, 2013; “Officials: Navy Yard shooter ID’ed as Aaron Alexis,” Associated Press, September 16, 2013.