Nightly News   |  November 01, 2013

Suspect sent text saying he wasn’t going to be alive much longer

Shooting suspect Paul Anthony Ciancia carried anti-government written material that was critical of the federal government and the TSA, officials say.  NBC’s Pete Williams reports.

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>>> pete williams , our justice correspondent, has been working all day to find out more about the suspect. good evening.

>> reporter: good evening. they say he's paul anthony ciancia , age 23, originally from new jersey. they say he was carrying written material they describe as viciously critical of the government in general and the tsa in particular. police in pensville, new jersey say he sent his younger brother a text message earlier today in which he said he was not going to be alive much longer. police say when the family note the identified them of that they called authorities in los angeles who checked on his apartment but found he was not there. they say his roommate said they knew of thothing wrong. state and federal officials say airport police shot ciancia several times in the chest. they discovered he was carrying a shoulder bag containing written material they describe as harshly anti-government with specific references to the tsa. both state and local officials have no record of trouble before from paul ciancia . all the shooting victims were tss a employees. investigators say he seemed to be singling them out and asked some people he encountered in the airport in they worked for the tsa. brian?

>> pete williams with the latest from the d.c. bureau. thanks.