The horrific shooting at LAX last Friday has left many with more questions than answers and according to CNN’s report today, November 4, 2013, there may have been warnings that were missed or came too late. There is speculation that if the warning signs had been picked up that it could have brought an end to them impending tragedy at LAX days before it took place. It seems that the suspect, Paul Ciancia, had showed some strange behavior earlier last week that could have tipped someone to the event that was to unfold.
In the days before the shooting at LAX Paul Ciancia asked his roommates for rides to the airport several times. His claim was that his father was ill and that he may need to fly to New Jersey. The clue to the roommates would have been that Paul Ciancia would never say when he would need to go to LAX. Certainly, his roommates are not to blame for the tragedy but many say that in this day and age it is a requirement of all people to be mindful of any and all strange behaviors and to report it. Throughout the country in the train stations, bus terminals and airports, there are signs up and announcements made to report odd behaviors. However, there were more indicators to come.
Before Paul Ciancia left for LAX last Friday he started sending text messages to his family in New Jersey. Although he had not mentioned having any issues to them before and had no known mental issues, he told his family that he was unhappy. One of the text messages eluded to something bad happened as a result of his unhappiness. This alarmed Paul Ciancia’s father and he contacted the Los Angeles police. It was about 45 minutes after he had left for LAX when the police arrived. What happened next shocked everyone who knew him, even though there were some signs that something was very wrong with him.
At 9:20 a.m. Paul Ciancia approached the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at LAX’s Terminal 3. The tragic events that took place after this have been all over the news across the country. This shooting at LAX is a reminder that we are not in a calm, safe world and that we must keep our eyes open and pay attention. It is possible that what happened at LAX could have been prevented.