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November 1, 2013

LAX LATEST: TSA IDs 39-year-old as officer killed

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SHOOTER'S FATHER WAS CONCERNED

A New Jersey police chief says the suspect had apparently made references to suicide. Pennsville Chief Allen Cummings says Paul Ciancia's father had called him Friday saying another of his children had received a text message from the suspect "in reference to him taking his own life." Cummings says the elder Ciancia, also named Paul, asked him for help locating his son.

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HOTELS FLOODED WITH TRAVELERS

Travelers by the hundreds have streamed into hotels near LAX. The lobbies of the Sheraton and Radisson at the airport's entrance overflowed onto sidewalks. Ronald Dauzat, owner and headmaster of a Los Angeles private school, was on his way to Berlin for an educational conference. He had resigned himself to spending most of the day at the Sheraton. "I'm dealing with it the best I can," he said. "We just have to wait it out."

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FIRST TSA OFFICER KILLED

Union and TSA officials say the TSA officer shot at LAX was the first ever killed in the line of duty. J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, says the officer was one of the behavioral detection officers stationed throughout the airport looking for suspicious behavior.

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SOURCE: NOTE THREATENED 'TSA AND PIGS'

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that 23-year-old suspect Paul Ciancia is from New Jersey and was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA and pigs." The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

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AT THE HOSPITAL

Three people are being treated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

A hospital official says one was in critical condition and two were in fair condition. Two were wounded by gunshots and the other suffered other injuries. All are male.

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