Suspected Los Angeles Airport Gunman Charged

Law enforcement officials talk to reporters at a news conference regarding a shooting incident that occurred the previous day at Los Angeles airport (LAX), in Los Angeles, California November 2, 2013.The man accused of opening fire at the Los Angeles International Airport faces charges of murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte told reporters on Saturday. (REUTERS/David McNew)


By Denisse Rauda

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport could face the death penalty if he's convicted.

Federal prosecutors have filed charges of murder and commission of violence at an international airport against Paul Ciancia. A TSA agent was killed and several people, including the suspect, were wounded.

Authorities say the suspect in the Los Angeles International Airport shootings intended to target TSA personnel.

Part of a note carried by Ciancia spoke of stirring fear in "traitorous minds." The FBI says the wounded and hospitalized suspect is still unresponsive and can't be questioned.

Gerardo Hernandez, the first TSA official in the agency's 12-year history to be killed in the line of duty, is being remembered as a family man who constantly smiled at travelers.

The TSA says it will review its policy on officer safety.
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