LA killing may lead to TSA changes

LOS ANGELES — The man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport, shooting employees and terrorizing travelers, accomplished two of his goals, according to authorities: killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and showing how easy it is to get a gun into an airport.

The deadly rampage left investigators to piece together what motivated Paul Ciancia’s hatred toward the agency that was formed to make air travel safer after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

But the attack could ultimately lead to changes in the way airports are patrolled.


Ciancia, shot four times by police, remained in critical condition Monday.

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He has not been scheduled to appear in court. An appearance will depend on when doctors say he is ready, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

The FBI said Ciancia had a handwritten letter, stating that he made the conscious decision to try to kill multiple TSA officers and “instill fear in your traitorous minds.” It also mentioned it was easy to get a gun into the terminal.

The unemployed motorcycle mechanic, who recently moved to Los Angeles from Pennsville, N.J., pulled a .223-caliber rifle from his bag and opened fire, killing one TSA officer and wounding three other people.

Associated Press