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Georgia Police Chief: DC Gunman Showed 'Pattern of Anger'

Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 01:42 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The gunman believed to be responsible for the mass shooting Monday at Washington's Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis, fit a "pattern of anger" seen in many recent shootings, DeKalb County, Ga., Police Chief Cedric Alexander said Tuesday.

"I think what you're seeing here with Mr. Alexis is clearly a pattern — a pattern of anger, a pattern of being alone, a pattern of violence that has occurred across the country over the last number years," Alexander said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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The police chief faced a similar scenario last month when a gunman entered an elementary school in DeKalb County near Atlanta, Newsmax reported. A school employee was able to persuade the gunman to turn himself in before hurting anyone.

Mental health is a "common theme" behind many of the recent shootings, Alexander said. "We got to go back and really have to look at very closely [the shootings], and begin having the conversations again around mental health as it relates to gun violence in this country," he said.

"A lot of the conversation around mental health is being touched upon, but never being talked about," he added.

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