Washington Navy Yard mass killer Aaron Alexis' employer had revoked his access to classified materials weeks before his rampage because of mental health problems but restored it two days later without alerting the Navy, the Associated Press reported Friday.
The revelation raises questions about whether the massacre might have been prevented if the company, Fort Lauderdale-based The Experts, had alerted the Navy to the 34-year-old computer specialist's mental health issues.
Alexis killed 12 and wounded four others Sept. 16 before being shot dead by police. Senior U.S. officials told AP that in early August, The Experts ordered him back to Washington from an assignment in Rhode Island after reports of erratic behavior, including yelling at hotel guests and telling police about voices and vibrations in his room.
The firm withdrew his access to secret data for two days before reinstating it without explanation, according to the officials, whom AP said spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.
The Experts, which held an HP Enterprise Services contract to refresh equipment used on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet network, did not immediately return AP's request for comment.