Navy Yard Shooter Worked At Solution Provider 500 Company


The man authorities say is responsible for killing 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard Monday was an employee of a solution provider that was a government subcontractor for Hewlett-Packard.

Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old Navy veteran who was killed during a shootout with authorities Monday, worked at The Experts, a solution provider based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a government-focused practice based in Northern Virginia. Authorities have yet to determine Alexis' motive for the shooting spree.

The Experts, which was founded in 1998, ranked No. 305 on this year's CRN Solution Provider 500 list with $53 million in annual revenue. The company Monday released a statement on its website in response to the shooting.

"The Experts would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathies regarding the incident that occurred at the DC Naval Yards. We are actively cooperating with the FBI and other authorities in relation to the investigation on the suspect. Any additional information we have will be shared accordingly," the statement said.

Executives at The Experts were unavailable for further comment.

HP issued a statement to CRN confirming The Experts is a subcontractor for an HP Enterprise Services contract to refresh IT equipment for the Navy Marine Corps Intranet network.

"We are deeply saddened by today's tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard. Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those who have been affected," the statement read. "HP is cooperating fully with law enforcement as requested."

In June, The Experts said it would participate in a $3.45 billion IT contract awarded to HP by the Department of the Navy, which would focus on upgrading the Navy's enterprise network services. HP did not say whether Alexis' work as a subcontractor for HP granted him access to the Navy Yard.

Alexis was discharged from the Navy in 2011 and, according to various reports, he had a history of "misconduct" during his time in the armed forces. CNN cited law enforcement sources who said Alexis recently contacted two Veterans Affairs hospitals and may have suffered from psychological issues.

PUBLISHED SEPT. 17, 2013