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September 17th, 2013
04:54 PM ET

Another red flag that Navy Yard shooter suffered mental illness

Police in Rhode Island contacted the Newport Naval station in August to warn them about an encounter they had with one of their contractors – Aaron Alexis, the man responsible for Monday's shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Lt. William Fitzgerald said on August 7, Alexis called police to his hotel. Alexis had transferred to three hotels while traveling from Virginia to Rhode Island. He said he had gotten into a verbal altercation with a man during his flight, and believed the man had sent three people to talk to him to keep him awake, and send vibrations through his body.

According to the police report, Alexis said that the two men and a woman were "using a microwave machine to send vibrations through the ceiling, penetrating his body so he could not speak."

Newport police were so concerned that they notified the naval station shortly half after this encounter to tell them what had happened, and alert them about the possible implications given Alexis's access to the base.

CNN's Deborah Feyerick reports.

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