Ana Machuca, the widow of deceased TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, is suing the City of Los Angeles for $25 million, alleging that Hernandez's death could have been avoided. Machuca also cited security lapses at the airport and delayed medical attention as contributing to her husband's death.
Police said Paul Anthony Ciancia entered Terminal 3, pulled a .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle out of a bag and opened fire. He was able to proceed past a TSA screening area and into the airport itself. Police officers shot Ciancia and successfully took him into custody. Ciancia has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Hernandez was the first Transportation Security Administration employee to be killed in the line of duty in the agency's 12-year history. The TSA was established following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Since the shooting, a union that represents TSA officers has pushed for a new class of armed TSA officers.
Andre Birotte, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, announced 11 charges in Dec. 2013 against Paul Anthony Ciancia. The charges include the first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
A judge ruled March 3 that Paul Anthony Ciancia would be moved from the San Bernardino County jail where he received treatment for his wounds to the downtown Los Angeles federal detention center. Ciancia has a trial date set for Dec. 8, 2014.
Accused Los Angeles airport gunman to be moved to federal detention
Ciancia was an unemployed motorcycle mechanic who had recently moved to Los Angeles from Pennsville, NJ. According to police, he had a friend drop him off at LAX just moments before he pulled a .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle from a duffel bag and opened fire. Police say they don't think the friend knew of the shooter's plans.
Seeking Information in Los Angeles Airport Shootings