The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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November 1, 2013

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

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Dr. Lynne McCullough, an emergency medicine physician, says the hospital was capable of taking up to 50 patients. "As it turned out, very thankfully, we received only three" patients, she said.

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CELEBS AT LAX

James Franco was among the travelers caught up in the chaos. The actor tweeted that "some (expletive) shot up the place." His publicist confirmed Franco was on a flight that landed shortly after the shooting occurred. Singer Nick Jonas tweeted about waiting on board a plane and said he was praying for the victims.

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SHOOTER IDENTIFIED

Law enforcement officials identify shooting suspect as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia.

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LATEST ON VICTIMS

The Transportation Security Administration says multiple officers with the agency were shot, one fatally. The agency declined to provide further information, saying additional details would be given by the FBI and police.

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UNION: SHOOTER NOT TSA AGENT

Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 45,000 TSA screeners, says the airport shooter was not a TSA officer.

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PARKING LOT SEARCH

Police tell KNX Radio that officers are looking at the hundreds of vehicles in the parking structure near Terminal 3 but weren't sure how the shooter got to the airport.

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ALERTS

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it has increased its airport patrols as a precaution in the wake of the LAX shooting. Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne says the stepped-up patrols are not expected to affect flight operations.

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BAM, BAM, BAM

Xavier Savant was waiting in the security line at the terminal where the shooting occurred and he and other passengers dropped to the floor in panic. He described it as a "bam, bam, bam" burst of gunfire.

"We just hit the deck. Everybody in the line hit the floor and shots just continued," he said.

He said the shots subsided and people bolted through the metal detectors and ran into the terminal, eventually making their way out to the tarmac.

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