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LAX suspect set out to kill multiple TSA officers

November 2, 2013 • National News


This photo shows the first page of the complaint filed by the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles against Paul Anthony Ciancia on Nov. 2, 2013. Ciancia is charged with two counts – violations of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Sections 1114 and 37, in connection with a shooting spree that killed one Transportation Security Administration officer and the wounding of others at Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected in the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport set out to kill multiple employees of the Transportation Security Administration and hoped the attack would “instill fear in their traitorous minds,” authorities said Saturday.

Paul Ciancia was so determined to take lives that, after shooting a TSA officer and going up an escalator, he turned back to see the officer move and returned to finish him off, according to surveillance video reviewed by investigators.

In a news conference announcing charges against Ciancia, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. spelled out a chilling chain of events at LAX that began when Ciancia strode into Terminal 3, pulled a Smith & Wesson .223-caliber assault rifle from his duffel bag and fired repeatedly at point-blank range at a TSA officer. The officer was checking IDs and boarding passes at the base of an escalator leading to the main screening area.

After killing that officer, Ciancia fired on at least two other uniformed TSA employees and an airline passenger, who were all wounded. Airport police eventually shot him as panicked passengers cowered in stores and restaurants.

Ciancia, 23, remained hospitalized Saturday after being hit four times and wounded in the mouth and leg. The FBI said he was unresponsive and Login to read more

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