Travelers are finding themselves stranded in the wake of the still chaotic atmosphere at the Los Angeles International Airport. Travelers needing to find lodging should call 888-831-7176. KNX 1070 Newsradio tweeted that passengers can be picked up at Econ Lot C. The passengers will be transported there. Over 700 flights were affected.
Earlier today, about 12:20 EDT (9:20 a.m. in LA), 23 year old Paul Anthony Ciancia of Los Angeles sought out Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents and fired upon them using a semi automatic weapon. Security responded. Ciancia was shot in the chest three times and is in custody. The shootings occurred in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Ciancia entered Terminal 3, went through the screening area and into the airport himself with an assault weapon, said Patrick Gannon, LAX Police Chief. The TSA agent was the only fatality of the day.
In the rush to escape to safety this afternoon, many people fled leaving their luggage behind. LAX Airport tweeted that “personal belongings abandoned during the evacuation can be claimed in the baggage claim areas of the terminals in which they were abandoned.”
Ciancia is from Pennsville, New Jersey. According to Manta.com, there is an auto body shop in Pennsville, NJ owned by a Paul Ciancia. However the company was started in 1988. His parents and two siblings still reside in Pennsville. Prior to today’s incident, according to NBC News, Ciancia sent his brother a suicide text.
The deceased TSA agent has not yet been identified publicly. If anyone has information essential to this particular investigation, readers may call the FBI Tip line 888-226-8443. Anyone scheduled to fly in or out of LAX tomorrow should contact the airlines for confirmations.
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