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Suspected LAX Shooter Charged

LAPD officers walk around terminal 3 after a shooting at Los Angeles airport (LAX), California, Nov. 1, 2013.
LAPD officers walk around terminal 3 after a shooting at Los Angeles airport (LAX), California, Nov. 1, 2013.
Reuters
— U.S. federal prosecutors have filed a murder charge against the suspected gunman in the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
 
Paul Ciancia was charged Saturday with murdering a federal officer and faces a separate charge of committing violence at an international airport. If convicted, he could get the death penalty.
 
According to a note found in his bag, Ciancia was determined to kill at least one officer of the Transportation Security Administration.
 
Police say the 23-year-old Los Angeles resident shot his way past an airport security checkpoint before being wounded in a gunfight with authorities and apprehended. Witnesses say the suspect did not fire at people who said they were not TSA employees.
    
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Terminal 3, Los Angeles Airport
Terminal 3, Los Angeles Airport
He also wounded at least two other officers during the shooting Friday.
 
Earlier Saturday, airport officials reopened Terminal 3 at the Los Angeles International Airport, where the attack took place.
 
Officials say the gunman had sent a text to a sibling suggesting he was prepared to die.
 
Authorities have not ruled out terrorism as a motive.

Slain employee Gerardo Hernandez was the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty in the 12-year history of the agency.
 
The TSA, which screens airline passengers, was founded in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. 
 
Authorities are working to find a motive behind the attack.
 
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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