Suspected gunman in LA Airport shooting was a Sallies grad

By Associated Press/WDEL Newsroom 3:00pm, November 1, 2013 - Updated 3:13pm, November 2, 2013
Paul Ciancia, the suspect in the LAX Airport shooting. (Photo courtesy of FBI)
The suspected gunman in the Los Angeles airport shooting is a 23-year-old man from Pennsville, New Jersey, who was a graduate of Salesianum School in 2008.

His family still lives in Pennsville.

Officials say Paul Ciancia had a lot of ammunition, as well as a note indicating a grudge against T-S-A agents and "pigs."

A source says the note talked about T-S-A searches being violations of his constitutional rights.

Officials say Ciancia had at least 150 rounds of ammunition when he opened fire, killing a T-S-A agent and wounding several people as others in the panicked terminal ran for cover. Two other T-S-A employees are among the wounded.

The dead man, 39-year-old Gerardo Hernandez, is the first T-S-A agent to die in the line-of-duty in the agency's 12-year history.

Police shot the gunman four times, and he's in custody at a hospital.

A New Jersey police chief says Paul's father called around the time of the airport attack to report that his son had sent a suicidal text message and he needed to find him.

Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings said the father reported Friday that his son, Ciancia, sent the text to a sibling. The Pennsville chief called Los Angeles police and they checked Ciancia's apartment, where roommates said they saw him Thursday, and he was fine.

It wasn't clear if the Los Angeles police visited before or after the shooting.

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