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FBI releases new details in Navy Yard shooting

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Three days after the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, the FBI is releasing new details about what actually happened during Monday's massacre.

James Comey, the new FBI director, met with network producers Thursday in a previously scheduled meeting and put on the record some facts about the shooting -- some that had not previously been reported.

At this point, there is still no known motive, but there is no evidence of terrorism.

When Alexis began shooting inside Building 197, he started on the fourth floor, and without a discernible pattern, opened fire on people as he made his way down to the third floor, and then the first floor where he killed a security guard and took his 9 mm pistol.

The FBI director said it is unclear if Alexis said anything, but he did reload the gun with ammunition from his pants pockets.

Comey would not comment on what was taken out of Alexis's hotel room and investigators don't know the meaning of the messages etched onto the side of the gun.

Comey said the assault lasted over 30 minutes before Alexis was pinned down and killed.

Vice Admiral William French was in the Navy Yard when the shooting began. He has the naval installations command.

"Like any time, you are pretty shocked when you hear gunshots anywhere, so I was on the base when that happened,” he said. “So I went to the emergency operations center. I think frankly most of my focus at that point was trying to make sure we had the right response and coordinating the response to address the issue and that took the better part of a day to deal with.”

Vice Admiral French said he is aware of the concerns of the Navy Yard’s police force and its claim there was not enough manpower or resources to adequately protect the base at the time of the shooting.

"Both the Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of Defense directed that security procedures across all of the Department of Defense will be reviewed as well as access procedures, so it will be involved and reviewed. It is all part of that process,” said French.

The Vice Admiral spoke with reporters at the Anacostia Naval Station where an emergency family assistance center had been set up. It is a place where both active duty and civilian workers from the Navy Yard could receive counseling and other support. An assistance center has also been established at the Navy Yard.

The FBI director said investigators are now trying to understand the depth of Alexis's mental troubles. He would not comment on what agents found inside the hotel room where Alexis was staying in Southwest D.C. The search warrants have been sealed.

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