LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Paul Anthony Ciancia is the LAX shooting gunman suspect, officials tell news. Paul Anthony Ciancia has been identified as the alleged gunman in the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) shooting today November 1, 2013 that erupted at Terminal 3 near Virgin Airways. The suspect is a U.S. citizen. No Facebook account for Paul Anthony Ciancia has yet to be confirmed. Local reports claim that Ciancia, 23, is from Los Angeles and has a New Jersey residence.
Paul Anthony Ciancia was identified following a noontime news briefing by LAPD. At the time LAPD’s Charlie Beck told news that the name of the gunman was known, but being withheld, pending FBI investigation. LAX issued an official news statement thereafter confirming the same.
LAX tweeted on their official Twitter account @LAX Official the following. “FBI few facts. Not talking about victims as families have to be notified. No additional threats anticipated.” Just after 12:05 PM PST, LAX told news that “FBI getting information on shooter and will release details once they are confirmed”.
Witnesses claimed that the shooter allegedly targeted TSA Agents. FBI officials have yet to confirm the same. Seven persons were injured, six were hospitalized.
Just after 12:30 PM PST today, FBI officials told local news the LAX gunman was not a TSA agent but a ticketed passenger. The violence began as he approached the identification checkpoint at Terminal 3. Witnesses claim that the suspect was a young male who asked people if they were “TSA”.
Initial news reports claimed that the gunman was fatally shot by airport police. That appears not to be the case. Local news is reporting that the shooter as of 12:30 PM PST was still alive but in critical condition.
The gunman reportedly was brandishing two guns and shooting while traveling down an escalator. Officials shot the gunman inside the terminal. For continuing coverage click HERE.