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Suspected LAX Gunman Charged

Federal prosecutors have filed murder charges against the suspected gunman in the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said Saturday that the murder charge applied to the death of TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez, who died in Friday's shooting at LAX's Terminal 3.

Authorities arrested 23-year-old Paul Ciancia in the attack, which also wounded five others, including two other TSA officers.

Ciancia was also charged with commission of violence at an international airport. He could face the death penalty.

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Officials say the suspect in the Los Angeles International Airport shootings had a lot of ammunition as well as a note indicating a grudge against TSA agents and "pigs."

A source says the note talked about TSA searches being violations of his constitutional rights.

Officials say the gunman, identified as Paul Ciancia of Pennsville, N.J., had at least 150 rounds of ammunition when he opened fire, killing a TSA agent and wounding several people as others in the panicked terminal ran for cover. Two other TSA employees are among the wounded.

The dead man, 39-year-old Gerardo I. Hernandez, is the first TSA agent to die in the line of duty.

The gunman was shot four times by police and is in custody at a hospital.
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A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the suspect in the Los Angeles airport shooting is a 23-year-old man from New Jersey who wrote a rant about killing Transportation Safety Administration workers.

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 official identified him as Paul Ciancia. A second law enforcement official confirmed the identity, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say the suspect killed a TSA employee in the shooting.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people.

Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed Friday that a TSA officer was killed.

He says the union's information comes from their local officials in Los Angeles.

The attack frightened passengers and disrupted flights nationwide.

Police said the unidentified suspect, who was apparently injured following an exchange of gunfire with officers, was in custody.

The Los Angles Fire Department says they treated seven patients and transported six of them to area hospitals.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Police and paramedics surrounded a terminal on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport because of a reported shooting.

Witness Brian Keech said he heard "about a dozen gunshots" from inside the security gate at Terminal 3.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said emergency crews have responded to a multi-patient incident.

The incident was reported after 9:30 a.m.

There was no immediate word of any injuries, but television images showed two people being wheeled away by firefighters. Triage stations also were seen.

No other details were immediately available.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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