This is not America,said an emotional Dr.Janis Orlowski,Chief Medical Officer at Medstar Washington Hospital Center,which was treating victims of the Navy Yard Massacre Monday in the nation's capital.This is not Washington,D.C.We've got to work to get rid of this.This is not good.
The visibly shaken trauma expert has clearly had it with American gun violence.
Dr.Orlowski noted that military physicians train at the urban hospital to sharpen thier gunshot wound skills before heading for war zones.There's something evil about this violence,she lamented.We've got to help each other to overcome it.I wish our doctors weren't so good at this.I'd rather they spent their time treating something else.*
An African American ex-Navy Sailor with a history of anger management issues and firearms violations,Aaron Alexis,34,was solely responsible for the rampage,police now believe.He had been treated by Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals for psychiatric problems,which,according to a 2004 police report,his father believed originated from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder acquired when he helped rescue victims of the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center in Manhattan.In 2004,Alexis shot out the tires of construction workers he had a dispute with.In 2010,he fired a gun through the floor of a neighbour he was quarreling with.*
This violent,quarrelsome side was in stark contrast with the helpful,quiet and studious New York native with a fascination with Asain culture that friends say they knew.He served in the Navy Reserves from 2007-11 as an Aviation Electrician's Mate,but was discharged for a pattern of misconduct.Recently he worked as a computer refresher for a Hewlett-Packard subcontractor that did work at the Washington Navy Yard,which he was authorised to enter.