Josh Hicks and Martin Weil
November 3, 2013
The suspect in the killing of a TSA screener during a shooting rampage at the Los Angeles International Airport was charged with murder Saturday, and authorities said he had signed a letter to TSA employees saying that he wanted to “instill fear in your traitorous minds.”
According to the Associated Press, Ciancia said in the note found by authorities that he wished to kill at least one Transportation Security Administration officer but did not care who.
“Black, white, yellow, brown, I don’t discriminate,” the note read, as paraphrased for AP by a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly.
As described to AP, the note appeared to contain terms and references often found in messages from antigovernment fringe groups. One of the terms was “fiat currency,” AP said. The letters NWO also were used, in apparent reference to “New World Order,” a term used by groups claiming the existence of global conspiracies.
The classmate, James Kerrigan, called him “a nice guy” who “never struck me as the type that would do this sort of thing.”
Others who knew him in high school also called him quiet and shy, with no signs of violent tendencies. David Hamilton, who also graduated from Salesianum in 2008, told the Los Angeles Times that Ciancia “kept to himself and ate lunch alone a lot.”