Authorities have identified the individual accused of using an assault rifle to kill a Transportation Security Administration agent inside the Los Angeles International Airport early Friday morning.
Law-enforcement officials tell NBC News that Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, entered the airport around 9:20 a.m., Pacific Time, and opened fire inside Terminal 3. The Associated Press also reported that authorities named Ciancia as the suspect.
According to the AP:
A law enforcement official, who was briefed at LAX on the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly, said the gunman was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA and pigs." The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
The suspect was in custody and being treated for injuries sustained during an exchange of gunfire with police.
At a press conference prior to the suspect being named, Patrick Gannon, Chief of Airport Police at LAX, said that an individual "pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal." Officials said that seven people were treated for injuries as a result of the incident.
BEFORE YOU GO
11/01/2013 11:47 PM EDT
LAX Suspect's Photo Released By FBI
The FBI has released a photo of Paul Ciancia, the man it identifies as the LAX shooting suspect:
Photo Credit: AP/FBI
11/01/2013 10:30 PM EDT
Slain TSA Officer Identified
BREAKING: TSA identifies officer killed at Los Angeles airport as Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39.— The Associated Press (@AP) 4 years ago
11/01/2013 9:54 PM EDT
All Terminals Except For T3 Are Now Open
All terminals except for T3 are now open. Upper/Departures & Lower/Arrivals roadways are now open to all cars. Thank u for your patience!— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) 4 years ago
11/01/2013 9:13 PM EDT
Airlines Cancel All Friday LAX Terminal 3 Flights
Airlines in T3: Virgin America, JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier & Allegiant Air voluntarily cancelled all arriving/departing flights for today— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) 4 years ago
11/01/2013 9:00 PM EDT
Suspect From 'Super-Nice Family'
LAX shooting suspect Paul Ciancia was "just a normal kid" from "a super, super-nice family" when he was growing up in New Jersey, neighbors told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ciancia's mother, Susan, died from cancer a few years ago, neighbor Orlando Pagan told the Inquirer. His father, also named Paul, has an auto repair shop in Pennsville, N.J., where the younger Ciancia worked before leaving South Jersey.
11/01/2013 8:38 PM EDT
Video Shows LAX Chaos During Shooting
Mobile phone footage obtained by TMZ reveals chaos inside Los Angeles International Airport during the Friday morning shooting that left one Transportation Security Administration agent dead and several more wounded.
The video starts with two armed police officers walking through the airport lobby. One officer shouts for everyone to hit the floor. After a cut in the video, dozens of travelers emerge from what appears to be the security line at the airport, running with their luggage toward the exit. In the distance, police car sirens are wailing.
A uniformed TSA agent is among the crowd fighting to reach the exit.
11/01/2013 8:10 PM EDT
Ciancia Was Loner In High School
Paul Ciancia, the 23-year-old former New Jersey resident who has been identified by the FBI as the suspected LAX gunman, was a loner at the private high school he attended in Delaware, a former schoolmate told the Los Angeles Times.
“In four years, I never heard a word out of his mouth,” said David Hamilton, who graduated with Ciancia from Salesianum School in Willmington, Del., in 2008, and is now an editorial assitant at a publishing firm in Philadelphia. “He kept to himself and ate lunch alone a lot. I really don’t remember any one person who was close to him.”
11/01/2013 7:52 PM EDT
Alleged LAX Shooter's Note Said He Wanted To 'Kill TSA'
The Associated Press reports that authorities said the alleged shooter carried a note saying he wanted to "kill TSA."
11/01/2013 7:37 PM EDT
LA Mayor: Shooter Had More Than 100 Rounds 'That Could've Literally Killed Everybody'
“There were more than 100 more rounds that could’ve literally killed everybody in that terminal,” Garcetti says, lauding police response.— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) 4 years ago
11/01/2013 6:27 PM EDT
FBI Names Shooting Suspect
The suspect in today’s LAX shooting has been identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, a resident of Los Angeles.— FBI LosAngeles (@FBILosAngeles) 2 years ago