LAX shooting: man charged with carrying out murder as ‘act of terrorism’

Paul Anthony Ciancia accused of first-degree murder of TSA officer at Los Angeles airport, attempted murder and violent acts

A federal grand jury has indicted a man on a first-degree murder charge and 10 other felonies over the deadly 1 November shooting spree at Los Angeles international airport.

The indictment in the US district court in Los Angeles accuses Paul Anthony Ciancia of killing Transportation Security Administration officer Gerardo Hernandez “willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation and malice aforethought” and targeting two other TSA officers.

Investigators allege Ciancia had a vendetta against the federal government and targeted TSA officers when he pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag and started shooting. Ciancia was wounded by airport police as passengers scrambled to safety.

The indictment says Ciancia, 23, “committed the offence after substantial planning and premeditation to cause the death of a person and to commit an act of terrorism”.

If convicted he could face the death penalty.

Ciancia is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of officers Tony Leroy Grigsby and James Maurice Speer. He is charged with committing acts of violence against people at an international airport, including a passenger, teacher Brian Donovan Ludmer, who was wounded and underwent surgery for his injuries. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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