Navy gunman spent night in Mass. Buddhist temple

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Posted: Sep 19, 2013 7:50 AM
Navy gunman spent night in Mass. Buddhist temple

RAYNHAM, Mass. (AP) — The former Navy reservist who authorities say killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard visited a Buddhist temple in Massachusetts last month where he talked about noises in his head.

Eang Tan, a board member at the Thai Buddhist temple in Raynham, says Aaron Alexis visited the house of worship on Aug. 18.

Tan tells the Taunton Daily Gazette ( ) that as soon as temple officials recognized Alexis on TV newscasts after Monday's shooting, they contacted police.

Tan says Alexis addressed temple members in fluent Thai and asked for a place to spend the night. When they asked why he didn't go to a hotel, Tan says Alexis said couldn't sleep in a hotel because of the noises in his head.

Tan says Alexis spent one night, then left.


Information from: Taunton (Mass.) Daily Gazette,