NBC has named Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, as the suspected gunman in today’s shooting at LAX, which killed a TSA agent and injured several more victims. Initially reported as dead by the L.A. Times, Ciancia is now believed to be in critical condition, gunned down by agents after he shot his way through the security checkpoint of Terminal 3.
1. He’s ‘Anti-Goverment’
He reportedly has “strong anti-government views,” according to NBC’s Pete Williams. This assessment was determined by the “anti-goverment materials” in his possession when he was captured.
2. He ‘Wanted to Kill TSA & Pigs
The AP reports Ciancia, who was dressed in camouflage fatigues, carried a handwritten note that said he “wanted to kill TSA and pigs.” Witnesses say he was specifically targeting TSA employees — asking passengers whether they were TSA, and sparing them when they said they weren’t. One TSA agent is dead.
3. He’s a U.S. Citizen From New Jersey
He is reportedly a U.S. citizen and resident of Los Angeles, according to NBC. He has ties to New Jersey, according to Brian Taff of ABC Philadelphia, who says the New Jersey community in question is close to the Delaware River. CBS Philadelphia is reporting Ciancia is of Pennsville, New Jersey. Heavy.com located a car-repair business in Pennsville tied to a Paul Ciancia, called Salem County Auto Repair. There was answer when we called the business.
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The shooter He’s alive and in police custody, according to broadcast reports. A law enforcement official who was briefed at LAX tells The Associated Press that the suspect in the Los Angeles airport shooting is a 23-year-old man from New Jersey named Paul Ciancia who wrote a rant about killing Transportation Safety Administration workers. The official said Ciancia was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a hand-written note that said he “wanted to kill TSA and pigs.”
11/1/13 – NBC News reporter Pete Williams identified the suspect in Friday’s LAX shooting as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia who, according to authorities, had literature on him that suggests “strong anti-government views.” Williams noted, however, that NBC News could not confirm that Ciancia was in any federal or state database or that he had been listed as a potential violent anti-government threat.
Williams reported that Ciancia was born in 1990 and is an American citizen. The motive for why he shot multiple people at the Los Angeles airport, killing one, remains unconfirmed.
“We’re told, that he had strong anti-government views,” Williams reported. “That’s based on some written material that we’re told he was carrying, that they found on him after he was shot by L.A. airport police.”
Williams noted that the shooter may have had some connection with the Transportation Safety Administration and had targeted TSA agents as his victims.
“So, it would seem to be a combination of anti-government views and some kind of grudge against the TSA,” Williams said of the shooter’s motivation.
He added that no database indicates that Ciancia was on a watch list and the shooters home has not been searched.