CONTINUING COVERAGE: Gunman Kills TSA Agent at LAX, Injures 2 Others 11/1/13
LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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.
***NJ police: Dad called, worried about LAX suspect***
PENNSVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey police chief says the Los Angeles airport shooting suspect had apparently made references to suicide.
Pennsville Chief Allen Cummings says Paul Ciancia's father called him early Friday afternoon saying another of his children had received a text message from the suspect "in reference to him taking his own life."
Cummings says the elder Ciancia asked him for help in locating Paul, according to Cummings. The chief says he called Los Angeles police, which sent a patrol car to Ciancia's apartment.
There, two roommates said they had seen him Thursday and that he was fine.
Cummings says he told Ciancia's father that because of the son's age, he couldn't take a missing persons report. He says his department had no dealings with the younger Paul Ciancia.
A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity identified the suspect as the younger Ciancia.
***Witnesses describe scene as gunfire erupts at LAX***
LOS ANGELES (AP) - One traveler says he was at a Starbucks in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles airport this morning when he heard gunfire erupt.
Ben Rosen says he saw people start running in all directions, and others crouching on the ground. He got on the ground as well -- and then more gunshots erupted. He says police arrived with guns drawn, and told everyone to put their hands up. They were then led into another terminal.
Rosen says as they were led out, they saw broken glass from a window that looked like it had been shot out.
When this morning's shooting began, some passengers who already had cleared security rushed onto the tarmac, while others were locked down in airport restaurants and lounges.
An air traffic controller says his colleagues in the control tower saw passengers spilling from the terminal onto the tarmac, "getting out as fast as they could."