The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “LAX shooting kills TSA agent, sends travelers fleeing” (Web-site/URL: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/11/1/shooting-reportedatlosangelesairport.html).
“Gunman opens fire at Terminal 3 screening area; one dead, others injured, suspect in custody”.
“A man carrying a SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE, some 150 rounds of ammunition and A GRUDGE AGAINST federal security agents shot his way past A SECURITY CHECKPOINT at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday (November 1, 2013) in a deadly rampage that sent hundreds of travelers fleeing in terror“. There are THREE things to note here. First, “semi-automatic rifle” will surely have CNN‘s PIERS MORGAN howling once again. Also, the fact that he got past a SECURITY CHECKPOINT is EXTREMELY ALARMING because security checkpoints are supposed to PROTECT people. On top of this, “grudges” are a HUGE, in fact THE BIGGEST concern here because “grudges” can cause people to EXPLODE.
According to LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon, “An individual came into Terminal 3 of this airport, pulled an ASSAULT rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal“.
“When the shooting ended, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer was dead. Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, became the first TSA officer in the agency’s 12-year history to be killed in the line of duty. The agency was founded in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks”.
“Among those injured in the shooting spree were two TSA officers and the gunman, who is now in police custody. More than a dozen travelers were treated for MINOR (?) injuries – BROKEN or twisted ANKLES (?), stress and exhaustion caused by the chaos“. A “broken ankle” is a MINOR injury?
“A law enforcement official, who was briefed at LAX on the investigation, said the gunman – identified as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia of Pennsville, N.J. – was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a hand-written note that said he “wanted to kill TSA and PIGS”. The term “pig” is a common pejorative for police”. The word “pig” suggests that Ciancia is DISGRUNTLED.
“The official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the note referred to how the gunman believed his constitutional rights had been violated by TSA searches and that he was a “PISSED OFF patriot” upset at former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano”. There are TWO things to note here. First, THE TEA PARTY is OBSESSED WITH ”constitutional rights”. On top of this, “pissed off” is another indication that Ciancia is DISGRUNTLED while “pissed off PATRIOT” because members of the Tea Party PERCEIVE THEMSELVES as “patriots”.
“Ciancia was shot four times by airport police and was hospitalized. Authorities have not yet released details on his condition”.
“Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings said Paul Ciancia’s father called him early Friday afternoon (November 1, 2013) saying another of his children had received a text message from the suspect “in reference to him TAKING HIS OWN LIFE“. “Cummings said the elder Ciancia asked him for help in locating Paul”.
“Witness Brian Keech said he heard “about a dozen gunshots” from inside the security gate at Terminal 3, as Ciancia shot his way through SECURITY CHECKPOINTS” which again are SUPPOSED TO BE “secure”.
Finally, according to Anne Rainer, “a traveler who witnessed the gunfire with her 26-year-old son Ben”, “I really thought I saw DEATH“, which obviously IS NOT a pleasant/good feeling. ”They took refuge behind a ticket counter where she said people prayed, cried and held hands. She watched as one person JUMPED FROM a second-floor balcony to get away from the gunman“. ”ADRENALINE went through my head, my body WENT NUMB and I said, ‘IF I HAVE TO GO, IT’S OK because I’m not going to feel it, but I HAVE TO SAVE HIM (my son Ben)’”. Anne Rainer is HEROIC.
To conclude, we can extend the title: LAX shooting kills TSA agent (and) sends travelers fleeing” FOR THEIR LIVES.