The man police say walked into Los Angeles International Airport on Friday armed with a Smith & Wesson .223-caliber assault rifle and began shooting near a security checkpoint wanted to kill TSA agents and "pigs."
On Sunday, the Associated Press reports the suspected shooter, identified as Paul Ciancia told police he was dropped off at LAX on Friday by a friend and that he acted alone.
Ciancia 23, of Pennsvile, New Jersey shot and killed one TSA agent and at least two other TSA employees are among several wounded during Friday morning's shooting at a security checkpoint inside terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Los Angeles World Airport Police returned fire, striking Ciancia four times, including in the mouth and leg.
FBI Special Agent, David Bowdich said Ciancia shot one TSA employee in a pre-screening area at LAX before going up an escalator in Terminal 3 and firing additional shots.
Gerardo Hernandez, a TSA travel document checker is the first TSA employee to die in the line of duty in the agency's 12 year history. Hernandez, described as a loyal husband and dedicated father of two would have celebrated his 40th birthday next week.
"I am truly devastated," his widow Ana Hernandez said of the man she described as a "wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend." "We are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly."
Law enforcement officials said a note inside a bag belonging to Ciancia said he wanted to kill TSA agents and "pigs." The note also contained other anti-government references, including a derogatory remark about ex-Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano.
Los Angeles World Airport Police Chief, Patrick Gannon said during the news briefing on Friday afternoon that a gunman "shot his way past TSA screeners." Gannon said law enforcement officials believed the gunman acted alone.
Two other TSA agents wounded in Friday's shooting were treated and released from area hospitals.
A third shooting victim, Brian Ludmer, a passenger who was shot in his leg was still being treated Sunday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Sunday, according to a hospital statement.
Brian Ludmer, a 29-year-old Lake Forest, Illinois, native is a teacher at Calabasas High School in Los Angeles County, according to the school's website.