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Suspected LAX gunman charged

Sunday - 11/3/2013, 8:20am  ET

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 (see-AHN'-see-uh). 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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047-a-11-(Andre Birotte (buhr-AHT'), Junior, U.S. Attorney, at news conference)-"the death penalty"-U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte says Paul Ciancia is charged with first-degree murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. ((cut used in wrap)) (3 Nov 2013)


049-a-07-(Ana Hernandez, wife of shooting victim Gerardo Hernandez, at news conference)-"miss him dearly"-Ana Hernandez says she is having difficulty coping with her husband's death. ((cut used in wrap)) (3 Nov 2013)


051-a-12-(Ana Hernandez, wife of shooting victim Gerardo Hernandez, at news conference)-"sense of humor"-Ana Hernandez says her husband's death has been devastating. (3 Nov 2013)


050-a-12-(Ana Hernandez, wife of shooting victim Gerardo Hernandez, at news conference)-"the TSA mission"-Ana Hernandez says her husband was a proud and happy man. (3 Nov 2013)


046-w-33-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent, with Andre Birotte, Junior and Ana Hernandez)--Charges have been filed against the man accused in the shooting death of a TSA officer at Los Angeles International Airport. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. (3 Nov 2013)


048-a-09-(John Pistole, Transportation Security Administration administrator, at news conference)-"around the country"-John Pistole says following the shooting, he wants to make sure TSA officers are safe. (3 Nov 2013)

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