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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Nov 4, 2013

A shooting at international Los Angeles airport, LAX may have ultimately proved the Transportation Security Administration may be incapable of preventing deadly attacks on the ground. The security organization, formed shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, may soon be facing government mandated changes.

Earlier this week 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia shot his way through Terminal 3 of LAX, killing TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez and wounding three other individuals. Hernandez is the first and only TSA agent killed since 2001.

The semiautomatic rifle Ciancia used during the shooting may have been armed and ready to fire inside the bag he carried into LAX. The rifle was identified in reports as a Smith and Wesson M&P 15, 5.56-millimeter and .223-caliber, available at many local department stores. It’s believed the weapon was purchased at a Van Nuys gun store.

Ciancia was shot four times in the head by authorities but remains under heavy sedation in a nearby hospital. As Ciancia slowly recovers under armed guard, murder charges have been filed against him. Police are currently searching for a potential motive but details are scarce at the moment.

The investigation has ascertained Ciancia relocated to Los Angeles within the past two years. Friends report they did not believe the gunman to be struggling or harboring resentment toward the US government, making any possibly motive unclear. Ciancia did however have a handwritten note within his bag that marked his intent was to “instill fear into their traitorous minds.”

In the wake of the deadly incident, officials are looking to improve the security response of TSA agents. They’ll begin by instructing armed officers to roam the terminals as opposed to sticking to designated areas, making it difficult for attackers to find vulnerable areas. Meanwhile, the security presence at LAX has significantly increased.