LAX Fully Operational After Friday’s Deadly Shooting
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Operations at Los Angeles International Airport resumed Sunday, two days after Friday’s deadly rampage claimed a TSA officer’s life and left five others wounded, including the alleged gunman.
The 100-foot pylons at LAX lit up in blue overnight while an American flag was flown at half-staff to remember TSA officer Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39. His death marked the first “line of duty” death in the agency’s 12-year history.
On Saturday, airport officials announced the reopening of Terminal 3, where the shooting unfolded just after 9:20 a.m. Friday. Although fully operational, some travelers expressed their reservations to KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz.
“I’m just creeped out because it’s unsettling,” Linda, a traveler, said. “I think the probability of anything ever happening ever happening again, right now, right here? Probably not.”
Meanwhile, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and multiple law enforcement agencies continued to work to piece together a sequence of events. They said they were examining evidence and surveillance footage.
They also made a public plea on Saturday for any digital materials pertaining to Ciancia or the incident. Witnesses were also asked to call the FBI Los Angeles tip line at (888) 226-8443.
Also on Saturday, officials announced that federal criminal charges were filed against the alleged shooter, identified as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia. The charges include murder of a federal officer and the commission of violence at an international airport. Ciancia remained hospitalized and, according to officials, was unresponsive. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Travelers may retrieve their checked baggage from the baggage claim area of their airline carrier, according to CBS2’s Joy Benedict. Belongings that were left in the airport or Terminal 3 may be picked up at the airport police area of Terminal 3.