Navy Yard Shooter’s Mom: “My Heart is Broken”

Cathleen Alexis says her son is now in a place where he can't hurt anyone else

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A mug of Aaron Alexis, arrested in September, 2010, on suspicion of discharging a firearm in the city limits.

The mother of Aaron Alexis, the suspected gunman in the Navy Yard shooting that left Alexis and 12 others dead, has given a formal statement expressing profound sorrow over the tragedy, CNN reports.

“His actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on the families of the victims,” Cathleen Alexis said. “I don’t know why he did what he did and I’ll never be able to ask him why.

“Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad.”

To the families of those hurt or killed in the Navy Yard shooting, Ms. Alexis said, “I am so, so very sorry this has happened. My heart is broken.”