Alleged LAX Shooter Unconscious After Being Shot in Face by Cops
(LOS ANGELES) -- The alleged gunman who walked into Los Angeles International Airport Friday and opened fire is unconscious and unable to talk because of several bullet wounds, including one in the face, from his shootout with cops. Paul Ciancia, 23, is accused of spraying rifle fire at TSA officers and passengers near the security gate at LAX’s Terminal 3 on Friday, killing one officer, injuring two other officers, and wounding another man.
Ciancia was shot by police and taken into custody. According to documents filed by a federal public defender’s office Monday, Ciancia is unconscious and unable to communicate. A public defender has not yet been appointed to Ciancia’s case. Also Monday, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued a joint intelligence bulletin to law enforcement across the country, urging them to remain vigilant for potential copycat shootings and laying out potential indicators of a coming attack. Federal authorities said they had no evidence suggesting an attack is coming, but issued the memo out of caution.
As part of the investigation into the shooting, police said that Ciancia legally purchased the rifle he used in the shooting, and brought a note with him to the shooting that said he was a “pissed-off patriot” angry at the TSA for violating people’s rights with their searches.
Earlier, Ciancia’s family had an attorney give a brief statement to reporters near their family home in Pennsville, N.J., during which attorney John Jordan said the family was "shocked and numbed” by what their son did.
Jordan said the family is cooperating with authorities in order to fully understand what happened.
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