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Navy Yard shooter had odd episode in R.I.

Told police lastmonth of voices, vibrations

About a month before he gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis told police in Newport, R.I., that he heard voices speaking to him through the walls of his hotel room and felt a machine sending vibrations into his body, according to authorities.

Alexis also indicated that he was a naval contractor who had spent time at Naval Station Newport, prompting police to alert officials at the base to Alexis’s strange behavior, according to an incident report filed by Newport police on Aug. 7.

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