UPDATE: TSA Agent Killed At LAX Did NOT Transfer From Montana
UPDATE: The union representing TSA employees issued a correction Sunday to information they released regarding slain officer Gerardo Hernandez.
We have confirmed the officer killed was a Transportation Security Officer, not a Behavior Detection Officer, and had not relocated from Montana. AFGE apologizes for any confusion or concern this may have caused.
UPDATE: The name of the LAX dead TSA Agent has been released as Gerardo I. Hernandez. Hernandez lived in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles but was originally from Montana. Associated Press:
A man carrying a note that said he wanted to “kill TSA” pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag and shot his way past a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.
The gunman, Paul Ciancia, 23, of Pennsville, N.J. was shot in the chest by law enforcement and is in custody.
A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity said,
the rant refers to how Ciancia believed his constitutional rights were being violated by TSA searches and that he’s a “pissed-off patriot” upset at former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The note and the gunman’s rifle each had an orange TSA inspection sticker on it.
The shooting at LAX airport involved a TSA agent recently transferred from Montana. The TSA agent killed by the gunman has not been identified. The TSA union released the fact that the agent was the first TSA agent killed in the line of duty.
Just before 10 a.m. a gunman approached terminal 3 at LAX. The gunman has been identified as 23 year old Paul Ciancia from New Jersey who also has spent time in the Los Angeles area. Ciancia was shot in the face but survived the shooting by Los Angeles law enforcement.
Ciancia brandished an assault rifle from a bag and started shooting. According to law enforcement officials two other TSA agents were shot and injured during the shooting. They have been taken to Los Angeles hospitals with no word on their condition.
Reports say, a preliminary review of government terror databases and watch lists found no connections to Ciancia, and he does not have a significant police record.
Operations were ceased for a time at LAX.