LAX shooting suspect from New Jersey, dad says he made suicidal references

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Update 10:32 p.m

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a man carrying a note that said he wanted to “kill TSA” used a semi-automatic rifle to kill one Transportation Security Administration officer and wound two others today at Los Angeles International Airport.

The gunman, who was dressed in fatigues, was wounded in a shootout with airport police and taken into custody. His condition has not been disclosed.

The FBI and Los Angeles Airport Police identified the gunman as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia of Pennsville, N.J. He had apparently been living in Los Angeles. An official says Ciancia had at least five full 30-round magazines on him.

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Police officers lined the outside of an LAX terminal. Shooting suspect Paul Ciancia is pictured above (image/LAWA).

The slain security worker was the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty in the 12-year history of the agency, which was founded in the aftermath of 9/11.

Update 5:53 p.m.

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.

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A wounded person is prepared for transportation after the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning. (KTLA 5)

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.

Update 4:34 pm.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a TSA employee is dead and two other people have been wounded in a shooting today at Los Angeles International Airport.

They say a man with a semi-automatic weapon opened fire near a security checkpoint. The gunman, who was identified by officials as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, was apparently wounded in an exchange of gunfire with officers and is in custody.

A spokesman for a government employees union confirms that a TSA officer was killed.

The airport’s police chief says the gunman pulled the rifle from a bag this morning and began firing inside Terminal 3. He says the shooter went to the security screening area and fired more shots, before moving into the secure area of the terminal.

There, he says, officers exchanged fire with the gunman and apprehended him.

Air traffic was affected nationwide, as the Federal Aviation Administration grounded flights that had not yet departed for Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Fire Department says six people were taken to a hospital. It’s not clear whether the gunshot victims were among them.

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