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    Police in Pennsville, New Jersey, a small town just south of Philadelphia, surrounded the family home of Paul Ciancia, the 23-year-old man accused of going on a shooting rampage at LAX. The shooting happened in the midst of the morning rush.
    Police in Pennsville, New Jersey, a small town just south of Philadelphia, surrounded the family home of Paul Ciancia, the 23-year-old man accused of going on a shooting rampage at LAX. The shooting happened in the midst of the morning rush.

There are new details about a deadly shooting at the nation's third largest airport.

The suspected gunman, 23 year old Paul Ciancia is now being charged for his crimes.

The man suspected of gunning down a TSA agent and injuring others at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning will face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted.

Federal prosecutors say the first federal offense is murder of a federal officer and a violation of title 18 United States code section 1114. The second federal offense is a commission of violence at an international airport violation of title 18 United States code section 37.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles International Airport is now getting back to normal. A far cry from the scene in Terminal 3 on Friday morning, when a gunman pulled out an assault-style rifle and opened fire.

Terrified passengers and airport employees dropped their belongings and ran for their lives, trying to get away from a man on a mission to kill.

Ciancia, the alleged gunman is in the hospital right now recovering after being shot four times by police.

The FBI is waiting for him to be well enough so they can interview him.

Police say Ciancia sent a troubling text message to a family member at the time of the shooting and that they found a handwritten note on him describing his intent to kill TSA officers.

David Bowdich, the FBI special agent in charge of the case said the shooter addressed the TSA agents at one point in the letter and stated that he wanted to “instill fear into their traitorous minds.”

In the end, TSA officer 39 year-old Gerardo Hernandez was killed.

The FBI says Ciancia shot the officer, left the scene, but returned to shoot Hernandez again.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

“He was always excited to go to work and enjoy the interaction with the passengers at LAX” Bowdick said. “He was a joyful person always smiling he took pride in his duty for the American public and TSA mission.”

He is the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty.

The FBI says Ciancia is still receiving medical attention and that they would not discuss his gunshot wounds, but they did say he is still unresponsive.


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