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Gunman at LA Airport Identified as a New Jersey Man

LAX photo courtesy KABC-TV

(Photo Courtesy: KABC-TV)

LOS ANGELES (AP/WGGB) — Law enforcement officials say a man carrying a note that said he wanted to “kill TSA” used a semi-automatic rifle to kill one Transportation Security Administration officer and wound two others today at Los Angeles International Airport.

The gunman, who was dressed in fatigues, was wounded in a shootout with airport police and taken into custody. His condition has not been disclosed.

The FBI and Los Angeles Airport Police identified the gunman as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia of Pennsville, N.J. He had apparently been living in Los Angeles. An official says Ciancia had at least five full 30-round magazines on him.

The slain security worker was the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty in the 12-year history of the agency, which was founded in the aftermath of 9/11.

As far as the LAX Airport operations go, they tweeted out tonight at about 9:45 p.m. the following, “All terminals except for T3 are now open. Upper/Departures & Lower/Arrivals roadways are now open to all cars. Thank u for your patience!”

 

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