The FBI positively identified the young man who breezed through Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1 as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia from N.J. Officials say that the shooter had enough ammo available to kill everyone in the terminal.
At a Nov. 2 news conference, according to ABC News, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. described how Ciancia entered Terminal 3 on Friday morning, and “pulled a Smith & Wesson .223-caliber assault rifle from his duffel bag and fired repeatedly at point-blank range at a TSA officer.”
That TSA officer was still moving after being shot though. Video surveillance from the airport shows the shooter returning to finish him off.
Panic ensued in the terminal as passengers either tried to flee the area or huddle for safety. Meanwhile, Ciancia kept shooting. His bullets found two more TSA agents and one civilian traveler, a high school teacher.
All in all, Ciancia allegedly killed one and wounded three more before being seriously shot himself by airport police.
The murdered TSA agent was identified as Gerardo I. Hernandez, described as a” family man who constantly smiled at travelers passing through the Los Angeles airport.”
Ciancia, 23, remained hospitalized Saturday after being hit four times and wounded in the mouth and leg. The FBI said he was unresponsive and they had not been able to interview him.
The duffel bag Ciancia carried into the terminal containing his assault rifle, also included five additional 30-round magazines and hundreds of more rounds in boxes, enough ammo to kill everyone in the terminal according to officials.
It’s clear that Ciancia meant to kill as many people as possible, especially TSA agents.
Also found in his duffel bag was a handwritten letter, signed by Paul Ciancia.
The FBI stated that Ciancia’s letter stated that the shooter "made the conscious decision to try to kill" multiple TSA employees and that he wanted to "instill fear in their traitorous minds."
Another law enforcement official said that the letter contained references to “’fiat currency’ and ‘NWO,’ possible references to the New World Order, a conspiracy theory that foresees a totalitarian one-world government.”
"Black, white, yellow, brown, I don't discriminate," the note read, according to a paraphrase by a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
Federal charges filed against Paul Ciancia include first-degree murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport, charges which could result in a death penalty if he’s convicted.
Today, Terminal 3 at LAX is back in full operation, albeit under a heavy police presence.
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