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LA airport suspect on murder charge

Source BBC News@

In this photo provided to AP, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near an unidentified weapon in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport on 1 November 2013

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has reopened fully after Friday's attack which saw a federal US security agent killed and others wounded by a lone gunman.

A suspect, named by the FBI as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia, is in hospital after being shot by police.

Police are attempting to establish a motive for the assault.

About 1,550 flights with 167,000 passengers were affected, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.

Paul Anthony Ciancia (FBI photo)Paul Ciancia grew up in New Jersey but had moved to Los Angeles

The gunman appeared to target agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which manages security at US airports, with an assault rifle.

He pushed through screening gates and walked more than 100 yards (90m) into the secure area of the terminal before law enforcement officers caught up with him in a food court.

A law enforcement official told the Associated Press (AP) news agency that Mr Ciancia was shot in the mouth and leg by two airport police officers.

The TSA named the dead officer as 39-year-old Gerardo Hernandez.

According to witnesses, the gunman approached potential victims asking if they worked for the TSA, and spared them if they said no.

He was said to be carrying a note that expressed anti-government views.

Father called police

Leon Saryan told AP he had just passed through security and was looking for a place to replace his shoes and belt when he heard gunshots.

As he attempted to hide, the gunman approached him.

TSA: An unloved agency

  • Part of US Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration was created after 9/11 to beef up airport security

  • But critics say the 50,000-strong agency is ineffectual and even unconstitutional

  • Its introduction of full-body scanners and pat-downs at airports in 2010 was seen by many as highly intrusive

  • The TSA has received thousands of complaints about discourtesy, delays at checkpoints and damage to luggage during screening

"He looked at me and asked 'TSA?' I shook my head no, and he continued on down toward the gate. He had his gun at the ready and, but for the grace of God, I am here to tell about it.''

Allen Cummings, the police chief of Pennsville, New Jersey, where Anthony Ciancia grew up, said the 23-year-old's father Paul had contacted him on Friday as he was concerned about his son in Los Angeles.

He said text messages received by family members had prompted the call.

"There was some things in there that made his family feel he may do harm to himself,'' Allen Cummings told reporters.

Mr Cummings said Paul Cianca had also heard from a friend that his son might have obtained a gun.

The police chief said he had contacted Los Angeles police, who sent a patrol car to Anthony Ciancia's apartment. Two roommates said they had seen him a day earlier, and that he had appeared fine.

A map of Los Angeles, California with the Los Angeles International Airport marked

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