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Washington Navy Yard to re-open
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The navy yard that was the scene of a deadly mass shooting on Monday will reopen Thursday.
It has been shut down to everyone except investigators and essential personnel while police investigated the shooting that killed 13 people, including the shooter, Aaron Alexis.
Thursday, the yard will return to mostly normal operations even though the FBI is still investigating the scene at Building 197.
Thursday, they're trying to figure out the meaning of two cryptic phrases etched into the gun Alexis used.
The first said, "better off this way" and the second read: "my e-l-f weapon."
Also, Alexis's mother is speaking out for the first time. She says she doesn't know why her son did what he did.
"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 the victims: I am so, so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken," said Cathleen Alexis.
Because of the shooting Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of military security and employee screening programs for bases around the world.