Alleged LAX shooter Ciancia may face death penalty

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Alleged LAX shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia faces the death penalty now that a federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged him with first-degree murder and 10 other felonies in the death of a TSA agent during a shooting spree at the airport last month.

Ciancia, 23, is charged with murdering TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, with using a firearm to cause his death and committing murder at an international airport. All three charges carry possible sentences of life in prison or the death penalty.

“The indictment contains a series of allegations that would support a possible sentence of death, including premeditation and the murder of a federal law enforcement officer. said prosecutors in a statement. “At this time, the government has not made a decision on seeking the death penalty if Ciancia is convicted of any of these charges.”

He is also charged with the attempted murder of TSA agents Tony Grigsby and James Speer, and with wounding civilian Brian Ludmer.

Ciancia was allegedly carrying a semi-automatic rifle in a duffel bag when he walked into Terminal 3 just after 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, and began shooting at TSA agents. Quoting a law enforcement source, the AP said Ciancia was allegedly carrying a note that said he wasn’t targeting a specific TSA employee.

“Black, white, yellow, brown, I don’t discriminate,” said the note, according to the AP.

As first reported by NBC News, Ciancia was also allegedly carrying an anti-government manifesto outlining a conspiracy to create a single global government.

Ciancia was shot by law enforcement and taken into custody in critical condition.

Ciancia is scheduled to be arraigned on December 26.

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