NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The gunman in Monday’s Washington Navy Yard massacre left behind two short phrases etched into the side of his shotgun, sources told CBS News.
One of the messages scratched into Aaron Alexis’ gun reads: “Better off this way.” The other is more cryptic: “My ELF weapon.”
Is is unclear what “ELF” means, but investigators believe it might be a reference to “extremely low frequency” radio waves used by the Navy to communicate with submarines.
The etching may be related to an incident in Newport, R.I. in August, in which Alexis, a New York native, told police he believed people were following him and using a microwave machine to send vibrations to his body.
Police alerted officials at the Newport Naval Station about the naval defense contractor’s call, but it apparently was never passed up the chain of command.
Alexis, 34, gunned down 12 people at a Navy Yard building before being killed in a shootout with police. His motive remains a mystery.
On Wednesday, Cathleen Alexis, Aaron’s mother, made her first public comments by reading a statement from her home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.