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(CBS) - Police are trying to figure out why a former Navy Reservist opened fired and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard Monday, September 16. That former Navy Reservist, known as Aaron Alexis, died Monday after a gun battle with police.

Co-workers described the 34-year-old as friendly. Investigators say Alexis had a history of run-ins with police and was treated for mental problems.

The FBI searched a Washington, D.C. area hotel looking for answers. It is believed Aaron Alexis stayed at the hotel in the days leading up to Monday's shooting.

Witnesses at the Navy Yard say the 34-year-old shot into an atrium full of people, killing 12 of them.

"We continue to work to determine where he has been, who he has talked to and what he has done," said Valerie Parlave, FBI.

Alexis was working at the complex on a computer wiring project. Co-workers say he was friendly, but authorities discovered a history of behavior problems. He was arrested in 2004 for shooting out a man's tires and again in 2010 for firing a weapon at the ceiling of his apartment. The former Navy Reservist was also treated for mental health issues.

The Navy Yard is America's oldest Navy installation. It is open now, but only to essential personnel. On Monday the complex was locked down and evacuated when the shooting started. "People ran out of the building," said Danielle Nottingham, CBS News, Washington D.C.

A Navy Contractor, known as Omar Grant, helped a visually impaired co-worked escape and today he feels lucky to be alive. "I'm here with my family and I'm thinking of those people who aren't," said Grant.

Tuesday morning Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laid a wreath for the victims at the Naval Memorial. Family members are not in the process of making funeral arrangements. The shooting is the deadliest on a military installation in the U.S. since the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009.

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