LAX Shooting Suspect's Ties To South Jersey, Delaware - FOX 35 News Orlando

LAX Shooting Suspect's Ties To South Jersey, Delaware


A deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport left a TSA agent dead and four others, including the gunman, injured.

The suspect is 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, an L.A. resident who grew up in Pennsville, N.J.

Officials say the New Jersey native was dressed in fatigues when he fired a semi-automatic rifle inside LAX. They say he had at least five full 30-round magazines on him.

He was injured in the shootout with police. His condition was not immediately released.

A TSA officer was killed in the shooting. Officials say he's the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty since the agency was formed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

At least two others were shot and wounded, and additional victims were injured during the chaos.

Investigators say the alleged shooter wrote a note declaring his hatred for the TSA, saying he wanted to kill TSA and pigs. He also sent text messages to his family Friday.

FOX 29's Jennifer Joyce reported live Friday night from outside the suspected gunman's house in Pennsville, Salem County.

There, the FBI and local police chief had been inside the dad's home talking with the family and trying to figure out what led to the shooting.

People on this block of Pittsfield Street in the quiet, small town were startled and shocked to hear that their neighbor's 23-year-old son was the man accused of opening fire inside of LAX

Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings said he got a call from the suspect's father around 1 p.m. Friday explaining that Ciancia sent his younger brother a concerning text message indicating that he was suicidal.

Cummings said he reached out to the LAPD to check on the young man at his Los Angeles home, but Ciancia wasn't there.

Within 45 minutes, the Pennsville chief says he got a call about the shooting. He's been working with the FBI ever since to learn more about what happened and why.

The chief says the 23-year-old was never in trouble with the law. The chief said he has known the family for years.

We are hearing that the father in this family is a local businessman, the owner of an area auto body shop. Neighbors told us they think Paul Ciancia is one of three children, and that their mother passed away years ago.

Joyce has more details in this video report.

Meanwhile, hundreds of travelers forced to flee the airport were left trying to find a place to stay Friday night. There were lines outside the doors of two major hotels near the airport.

Those travelers have frightening stories to tell after the gunman started shooting. Hundreds of people ran outside in a panic. Some who had made it past security were forced onto the tarmac to take cover.

The shooting disrupted more than 700 flights. The ripple effects were felt across the nation as traffic to and from one of the country's busiest airports was brought to a halt.

Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices