Friend of Alleged Navy Yard Shooter: He Was 'Not an Angry Person'

Melinda Downs tells George Stephanopoulos Aaron Alexis was a "real jokester."
2:39 | 09/17/13

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Joining us now, a friend of alexis. Did you have any inkling that something like this was possible? Not at all. Never a display of anger or violence? He wasn't an angry person. He was just a real jokester. Always doing stuff to make people laugh. Never once did I even remotely see him like lose it. Just this shock. But he did talk to you about his struggles with ptsd, correct? He did. He talked about the depression side of it. And he talked about sometimes he would get, you know, down. And if he -- he would say, if I'm looking down or I zone out, I'm not -- I'm okay. I'm going through, you know, the postpartum. I can only imagine the shock for you yesterday when you heard he was the shooter. When I first heard about it, I was in denial. Like maybe someone stole his identification. It's got to be somebody else. It can't possibly be him. It's not him. A little after 4:00, I see a picture of him on the news. And it was a tripling experience. I didn't know how to respond or what to say. It's like my denial just became a reality. And it was overbearing. When was the last time you spoke to him? And what did you say? I spoke with him about a week ago. And he called, checking in, as usual. Hey, guys. It's me. I'm in washington. I don't know how long I'm going to be here. I'll let you guys know. And just an everyday conversation, like -- just -- nothing would remotely say this is something I'm about to do. No clue at all? No clue at all. He didn't seem angry or upset or bitter or anything. He was just his old, chipper self. Thank you very much for your time this morning. Thank you. Such a mystery there. I spoke to another friend of aaron's this morning. Also shocked. Could not reconcile his beliefs that a practicing buddhist, with this act of carnage. We may never know. Now, to the morning's other

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