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Suspect In Airport Shooting Vowed To Kill “TSA And Pigs”

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Paul Ciancia (CBS News photo)

Paul Ciancia (CBS News photo)

LOS ANGELES (November 1, 2013) Paul Ciancia, 23, of New Jersey, who’s suspected of using a high-power assault rifle to shoot a Transportation Security Administration agent Friday morning in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, wrote a rant about killing TSA workers, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

The TSA agent died of gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen, a doctor said.

Gerardo I. Hernandez was the first TSA agent to die in the line of duty.

The law enforcement official, who was briefed at LAX on the investigation, but requested anonymity, said the gunman was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA and pigs."

A second law enforcement official confirmed the identity, speaking on condition of anonymity, AP reported.

Seven other people were injured in the incident and six of them were taken to hospitals, the city’s fire chief said during a news conference early Friday afternoon.

No details about the injuries were released and it's not clear whether all of the injured were shot.

Other reports indicated two of the injured were gunshot victims, however.

The incident happened at around 11:20 a.m. Friday CDT in Terminal 3 at LAX.

The gunman walked into the terminal, pulled the assault rifle out of a bag, and began to open fire, airport police Chief Patrick Gannon said.

He went into the screening area where he continued shooting and then proceeded to enter the secure portion of the terminal, Gannon said.

Airport police officers responded, tracked the man through the terminal, and then exchanged gunfire with him in what Gannon called "an officer-involved shooting."

The gunman was taken into custody, Gannon said.

He evidently acted alone, Gannon said.

The terminal and some surrounding areas of the airport were evacuated and flights in and out of the airport were temporarily suspended.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the shooting.

The White House said the Los Angeles Police Department is leading the response and investigation into the shooting, and administration officials are in touch with federal and local agencies.

The shooting delayed thousands of travelers Friday.

Flights heading for Los Angeles, which had not yet taken off, were held at their gates by the Federal Aviation Administration while flights already in the air including three JetBlue flights from the East Coast were diverted to other airports.

Travelers scheduled to fly out were unable to reach the airport because of road closures.

An airport official said every flight from LAX likely would be late Friday, which will cause a ripple effect nationwide.


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