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TSA agent killed in LAX shooting

A Transportation Security Administration agent was killed and several more people wounded when a gunman opened fire on Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport.

The FBI has identified the shooting suspect as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia. According to law enforcement officials, Ciancia was apprehended on the scene after opening fire at an airport security checkpoint. He reportedly suffered a non-lethal gunshot wound and is being treated in a local hospital.

Personal details about Ciancia are still emerging. According to public records obtained by Yahoo News, Ciancia has a known address in Pennsville, N.J., about 15 miles from Wilmington, Del. The AP said Ciancia had contacted his brother by text message on Friday saying he was considering suicide. Additional reports indicate when Ciancia was detained by law enforcement he was carrying literature critical of the federal government and the TSA. Ciancia's father reached out to law enforcement officials in New Jersey who subsequently reached out to their counterparts in Los Angeles. Police in Los Angeles reportedly made an unsuccessful attempt to make contact with Ciancia before the shooting took place.

Ciancia entered LAX on Friday wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a handwritten note that said he "wanted to kill TSA and pigs," an official, who was briefed on the investigation and requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, told the AP.

The TSA confirmed the death of the officer in a statement obtained by Yahoo News: "Earlier this morning, a shooting occurred at Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport. Multiple Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) were shot, one fatally. Additional details will be addressed by the FBI and local law enforcement who are investigating the shooting."


Hmmmm...Thought there were no guns allowed at the airport. And just to think, California is 2nd in the nation for the toughest gun laws. Well I see how its going pretty good for them....                                     banging head into wall

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Asked by Michigan-Mom74 at 10:46 PM on Nov. 1, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Some reports are saying that he was a pn off duty TSA agent, but I find that a little hard to believe if reports of him asking if passengers were TSA and sparing them when they said no. Other reports saying that he made comments about wanting to take his life and texting family a similar message today. Sounds like a manual health issue. Very sad for the family of the man that was killed.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 12:09 AM on Nov. 2, 2013

  • Damn iPad. MENTAL health issue.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:24 AM on Nov. 3, 2013

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