LAX Shooting Suspect May Face the Death Penalty

Paul Anthony Ciancia, accused of opening fire inside an LAX terminal and killing a TSA officer, was indicted in a federal case

By Jason Kandel
|  Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013  |  Updated 4:13 AM PDT
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The FBI released this California driver's license photo of Paul Anthony Ciancia, a 23-year-old New Jersey native living in Los Angeles who is accused of opening fire in Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, 2013, killing a TSA agent and wounding others.

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A man accused of killing a TSA officer in November in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport was indicted on Tuesday.

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The indictment accuses Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, of the murder of a federal officer, attempted murder of a federal officer and allegations for the use of a gun at an airport.

Ciancia allegedly walked into the terminal the morning of Nov. 1, pulled a Smith & Wesson 5.56-mm M&P15 semiautomatic rifle out of a duffel bag and opened fire, court documents said.

TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, a 39-year-old father of two, was fatally shot. TSA Officers Tony Grigsby and James Speer were wounded in the attack. A teacher was also wounded.

Ciancia was hospitalized after police shot him, but released into federal custody Nov. 19.

Ciancia was targeting TSA officers, court papers said. He allegedly had a signed note saying he wanted to kill TSA agents and "instill fear in their traitorous minds," authorities said.

Witnesses to the shooting said the gunman asked them whether they worked for the TSA, and if they said no, he moved on.

Read: Bill Proposes Gun Ban at Airports | TSA Officer Had "Warm Smile"

He was also charged with committing acts of violence at an international airport, one count of using a firearm to commit murder, three counts of brandishing and discharging a firearm.

The charges carry a possible death sentence, although federal prosecutors say they have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty.

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