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LAX suspect's note says he wanted to kill TSA officer

  • This photo provided by the FBI shows Paul Ciancia, 23. Ciancia carrying a note that said he wanted to "kill TSA" pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag and shot his way past a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 killing one Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding two others, authorities said. (AP Photo/FBI)

Terminal 3, the area where the shooting happened, reopened Saturday afternoon. Passengers who had abandoned luggage to escape Friday's gunfire were allowed to return to collect their bags.

"When challenged, Los Angeles is ready and knows how to respond. This is one tough town," said City Councilman Mike Bonin, whose district includes the airport.

He praised airport police, saying they "saved untold lives" with a swift response that was "absolutely textbook."

As airport operations returned to normal, a few more details trickled out about Ciancia, who by all accounts was reserved and solitary.

Former classmates barely remember him and even a recent roommate could say little about the young man who moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles less than two years ago. A former classmate at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del., said Ciancia was incredibly quiet.


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