Suspected LAX gunman charged
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed charges of murder and commission of violence at an international airport against the unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport.
If convicted, Paul Ciancia could get the death penalty. He was arrested Friday after authorities say he barged into a terminal, pulled an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from his duffel bag and opened fire. A Transportation Security Administration officer was killed and several other people were injured, including two TSA officers, before Ciancia was shot by airport police.
U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. says the killing is “believed to be a premeditated act of murder in the first-degree.”
Authorities believe someone dropped Ciancia off at the airport, and agents are reviewing surveillance tapes and other evidence to piece together the sequence of events.
According to authorities, the suspect appeared determined to lash out at the TSA, saying in a note that he wanted to kill at least one TSA officer and didn’t care which one.
They say the suspect’s note also mentioned “fiat currency” and “NWO,” possible references to the New World Order, a conspiracy theory that foresees a totalitarian one-world government.
Ciancia, who was shot four times by airport police, remains hospitalized, but there’s no word on his condition.