New Details Emerge on LAX Shooting Spree

New Details Emerge on LAX Shooting Spree

New details are emerging about how the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport went down.
New details are emerging about how the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport went down. 

Officials say the suspected gunman, 23 year old Paul Ciancia, shot ATSA Officer at point blank range.  He then left, but came back moments later to shoot him again.

Investigators are still piecing together their timeline of what happened inside terminal 3.  They don't know every step of Ciancia's path thru the terminal but here is what they do know.

A roommate dropped him off at the airport.  He entered at about 9:20am in one of the entrances at terminal 3.

According to pictures like this one as well as surveillance video, the gun was a 223 caliber assault rifle, which Ciancia concealed in a bag.  He then approached TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez here who was standing there where those flowers are.  This is a pre-screening area, and shot him point blank multiple times in the chest.  He then got on this escalator.

"The defendant is to then alleged to have begun walking away from the wounded TSA officer, going up the escalator and then coming back down that escalator to return and shoot the wounded officer again."

At the top of the escalator is the security checkpoint.  At some point, he wounded 2 additional TSA officers and 1 passenger.  This is the other side of the security checkpoint.  From here the gunman made his way deep into terminal 3.  Cell phone video captured the chaos as he neared the passenger gates.

"People were running and getting knocked down.  There was luggage everywhere.  Mayhem is the best way to describe it."

We're speeding up this video so you can see his path as he wound through the terminal, making his way to the gate area.

Ciancia had 5 loaded magazines, a host of unspent ammo.  Enough, says the Mayor of Los Angeles Airport Police shot the gunman, and a handwritten note was found on him.

"We found a statement where he made a conscious description to kill multiple TSA employees.  He addressed them at one point in the letter and stated that he wanted to "instill fear in their traitorous minds"."

As the FBI works out the details of this murderous path, the TSA is also asking...How is it that in the post 9-11 era did a gunman make it this close to an American passenger plane?

"Obviously this gives us great concern.  So we'll look at what our policies are but it's all done in cooperation with each airport police agency and how we go about providing for the best possible security."



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