The title of a recently released CBS News article is “Wounded LAX shooting suspect gave police CRUCIAL information” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57610601/wounded-lax-shooting-suspect-gave-police-crucial-information/?tag=socsh).
“The gunman charged in the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) lay bloodied and handcuffed on the floor of Terminal 3 after being gunned down by police, but he replied to critical questions that helped authorities lock down the scene”.
“Paul Ciancia, 23, was hauled away moments later on a stretcher and later heavily sedated for medical reasons, but not before he told investigators he had acted ALONE when he opened fire in the terminal, a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Sunday (November 3 2013)”. This should be comforting because this implies that THERE ARE NO MORE SUSPECTS.
“Ciancia, an UNEMPLOYED motorcycle mechanic who recently moved to Los Angeles from the small, blue-collar town of Pennsville, N.J., also told police a friend had dropped him off at LAX on Friday (November 1 2013) just moments before he shot a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at point-blank range and wounded THREE other people, including TWO MORE TSA workers”. Notice “unemployed”. Perhaps Ciancia was under significant FINANCIAL strain? Again this is AN EXPLANATION, NOT AN EXCUSE.
“Officials DO NOT believe that the friend knew of the shooter’s plans. Ciancia arrived at the airport in a black Hyundai and WAS NOT a ticketed passenger“. How was he allowed to proceed to a security screening point then?
“It wasn’t clear why Ciancia targeted TSA officers, but what he left behind indicated he was willing to kill any of them that crossed his path, authorities revealed”. This is CHILLING. Again, this can also be regarded/INTERPRETED AS AN EXPLANATION NOT AN EXCUSE.
“The shooter’s duffle bag contained a handwritten letter signed by Ciancia stating he’d “made the C decision to try to kill” MULTIPLE TSA employees and that he wanted to “instill FEAR in their traitorous minds,” FBI Agent in Charge David L. Bowdich said”. Like all mass killers or would be mass killers Paul Ciancia wanted to “instill fear” in people.
“U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said on CNN‘s State of the Union on Sunday that Ciancia’s actions show how difficult it is to protect travelers at a massive airport such as LAX”.
“The terminals are open and easily accessible to thousands of people who arrive at large sliding glass doors via a broad ring road that fronts the facility and is designed to move people along quickly”. “It’s like a shopping mall outside the perimeter, it’s almost like an OPEN shopping mall“.
“The FBI has served a search warrant on a Sun Valley residence where Ciancia lived, Ari Dekofsky, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said Sunday (November 3, 2013). Agents are still interviewing people, she said”.
“Authorities believe the rifle used in the shooting was purchased in Los Angeles. Ciancia also had two additional handguns that he purchased in Los Angeles, but which weren’t at the crime scene, a law enforcement official said. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity”.
Finally, “The purchases themselves appeared legal, although authorities were still tracing them, and it’s unclear if the shooter used his own identification or someone else’s, the official said”. “He DIDN’T buy them on the street. He DIDN’T buy them on the Internet. He bought them from A LICENSED GUN DEALER – the rifle and the two handguns”. Again Ciancia SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN THOSE WEAPONS because he was “suicidal” or in other words MENTALLY UNSTABLE. This is the latest/yet another example of a FAILED or NON-EXISTENT background check.