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Virginia man initially named shooter, connection remains unknown

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STAFFORD, VA (WWBT) -

A man from Stafford, Virginia was initially named as the Navy Yard gunman by some media organizations. Now we know 50-year-old Rollie Lee Chance was not the man who pulled the trigger.

According to online records, Chance is a retired navy lieutenant. How he might know shooting suspect Aaron Alexis still isn't clear, but the FBI and other law enforcement were in and out of his home Monday afternoon.

There are reports that Chance's badge was found near the gunman's lifeless body. Initially, it was reported that Alexis used Chance's badge to gain entry into the Navy Yard. NBC12 now knows that isn't the case.

Law enforcement officials said Monday night that Alexis had a valid I.D. and was able to enter the Navy Yard on his own.

NBC12 tried to speak to anyone inside the Chance home but our phone calls and knocks on the door went unanswered.

Chance is reportedly from Georgia originally. Speaking to our NBC affiliate in Savannah, his family says Chance is employed at the Navy Yard and hasn't been heard from since Sunday.

NBC12 also spoke to residents in the largely military neighborhood where Chance lives. Christinne Rodriguez says, she was worried for her children when initial reports said Chance was the D.C. gunman.

"My son walks home from school right next to our neighborhood and I was very nervous," she said. "I made arrangements for them to get home another way."

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