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Feds to Seek Death Penalty for Paul Ciancia, LAX Rampage Suspect

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a man charged with killing a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport in 2013, the government said in court documents filed Friday.

Paul Ciancia, 23, is charged with gunning down TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez and wounding three others in the Nov. 1 rampage.

"Ciancia acted with the intent that his crimes would strike fear in the hearts of Transportation Security Administration employees," Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald wrote in court papers filed Friday. "By committing his crimes on a weekday morning in a crowded terminal at one of the busiest airports in the world ... Ciancia terrorized numerous airline passengers and airport employees by causing them to fear for their lives and experience extreme emotional distress."

TSA agents Tony Grigsby and James Speer were also shot, as well as an airline passenger, Brian Ludmer.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it was seeking the death penalty because the shooting spree was premeditated and involved significant planning. "Ciancia targeted and intended to kill employees of the Transportation Security Administration," the filing said.

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