November 1, 2013
UPDATE: UPI reports that the suspect, 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia who is reportedly not a TSA officer as previously reported, had “writings” on him indicating he may have embraced “strong anti-government views.”
NBC News’ Pete Williams reported that the suspect is Paul Anthony Ciancia, a 23-year-old resident of LA, with no direct connection to the TSA. He had “anti-government materials” on him at the time.
UPDATE: The media is now reporting that the gunman was not an off-duty TSA officer, which is a strange flip flop from earlier when law enforcement sources said that he was. This can now be exploited to justify further TSA abuse of power, which would have not been possible if the shooter had been a TSA agent.
The L.A. Times reports: “A federal law enforcement official said that the gunman was a ticketed passenger entering the airport. Officials don’t believe the gunman has ever worked for TSA. Law enforcement sources had earlier told The Times the gunman was a TSA employee.”
Media in Los Angeles, California, report that the suspected shooter at LAX is an off-duty TSA worker.
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) November 1, 2013
A TSA agent shot today at LAX is dead, federal source briefed by LA police says. http://t.co/6iPMwBpriM
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 1, 2013
Detail: LAX gunman was U.S. citizen in his early 20s, officials say
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 1, 2013
Officialdom says the alleged shooter was lightly injured during the incident and is currently in police custody.
As of this writing the reason for the fatal incident has not been reported. It is fair to speculate, however, that the deadly encounter is yet another example of a federal worker going “postal” and killing coworkers.