Update: November 3, 2013: 9.07am
Top news reports in San Francisco, according to ABC 7 News, are saying that Paul Ciancia, the suspected gunman in Friday's shooting at LAX, has been now charged with the murder of a federal officer. Ciancia has also been charged with commission of violence at an international airport.
TSA officer, Gerardo Hernandez, was killed in the LAX shooting. The 39-year-old man is actually the first TSA officer to be killed in the line of duty in the 12-year history of the agency.
Update 11/2/2013, 9:05am:
In the LAX shooting, the suspect, Paul Anthony Ciancia, had texted a note to his brother to say he had wanted to commit suicide. His mother had passed away from MS in 2009. He had also had strong feelings against the government and said he wanted to kill "TSA and pigs."
The shooter, Paul Anthony Ciancia, also didn't expect to live after his rampage and shootout with police, he said, in a note he had on his body. Candia is now critically ill in hospital, after being shot in the face.
According to news reports, he was asking people if they worked for the TSA before he opened fire.
Update at 3.04pm: Now, the LA Times has retracted its original story which stated that the gunman was also a TSA worker. They no longer think that is the case:
"Officials don’t believe the gunman has ever worked for TSA. Law enforcement sources had earlier told The Times that the gunman was a TSA employee."
The gunman has now died, making it 2 people dead in the LAX shooting, which happened this morning.
Here is the original story by this Examiner:
Breaking news coming in to San Francisco is about the TSA shooting in Los Angeles at the LAX Airport.
News reports are coming in that the suspect is in custody, having been shot. In the meantime, another TSA agent, aged 40, has been killed, and three other TSA officers have been taken to hospital. One of those officers is said to be in critical condition.
The 40-year-old TSA officer was declared dead at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center at 11 a.m.
The LAX shooter was another TSA officer who appeared to take a gun out of a bag and start shooting at random. He was standing at a screening checkpoint.
People in the crowd heard the shots and starting running for cover. That happened around 9.20am, says San Francisco's ABC 7 local news.
An original report said the shooter was the TSA officer who died, but that is not true.
LAX police fired on the shooter and he was taken into custody but his exact condition is not known.
"It never stops does it?" says San Francisco resident Katie Adler. "The last thing we suspected would happen would be that those who are working to protect us, would be the ones to turn on us."
As a precaution, law enforcement agents are sweeping Terminal 3 at LAX and several law officials are wearing heavy weapons around the area in an attempt to avoid a copycat occurrence.
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