Terminal 3 At LAX Reopens After Deadly Shooting
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Airport officials Saturday said Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport has reopened a day after a deadly shooting claimed the life of a TSA agent.
Gina Marie Lindsey, the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, announced the opening at an afternoon news conference.
“Passengers who abandoned personal belongings during yesterday’s evacuation of T3 should work with their airline to claim everything that they left behind at Terminal 3,” she said.
Lindsey said airlines operating out of Terminal 3 reported about 30 inbound and outbound flight cancellations on Saturday, impacting 3,400 passengers.
Meanwhile, FBI agents spent the day investigating the deadly shooting which claimed the life of 39-year-old Gerardo I. Hernandez of Porter Ranch. Neighbors described the Transportation Security Officer as a doting husband and father of two.
“Our hearts go out to the TSA officer that was shot and killed … and to those others that were also injured,” said Los Angeles World Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon.
The shooting also left five others wounded, including the alleged gunman, who was identified by law enforcement officials as Paul Anthony Ciancia. The 23-year-old Ciancia has lived in the Los Angeles area for 1 1/2 years but is originally from Pennsville, N.J.
At Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, a man believed to be Ciancia remained in critical condition while shooting victim Brian Ludmer, 29, was listed in fair condition, CBS2′s Greg Mills reported Saturday. A third victim was treated and released shortly after 3 p.m. Friday.
Ludmer was identified by family members as a theatrical technical director at the Las Virgenes Unified School District. He was reportedly headed to Boston for a wedding when he was shot in the leg.
“All I know so far is that he is resting after surgery,” Ludmer’s mother said. “He phoned me right after the event.”
Two victims, including Hernandez, were taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Hernandez died at the hospital while the second victim was expected to survive after sustaining a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
On Friday, about 826 flights were canceled at LAX, which impacted an estimated 99,200 passengers. The shooting also affected some 724 scheduled incoming flights with an estimated 67,850 passengers.
Some of those flights were diverted to the Ontario airport. No flights were diverted to Bob Hope airport in Burbank or John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Those airports continued normal operations, with an increase in security.
Officials have not opined as to a motive for the shooting although sources told CBS News that Ciancia allegedly had anti-government views. The Associated Press said the alleged gunman had a hand-written note with him that said he “wanted to kill TSA and pigs.” Earlier Friday, Ciancia reportedly sent a text message to a family member in New Jersey in which he threatened to kill himself, according to CBS2′s David Goldstein.
The FBI was expected to be aided by the LAPD, LA Airport police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in their investigation.
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