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Gunman Kills TSA Agent at LAX, Injures 2 Others

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A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people.

Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed Friday that a TSA officer was killed.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the suspect is 23-year-old Paul Ciancia from New Jersey who wrote a rant about killing Transportation Safety Administration workers.
 
A law enforcement official, who was briefed at LAX on the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly, said the gunman 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.
 
A second law enforcement official confirmed Ciancia's identity, speaking on condition of anonymity.
 
The airport's police chief said the gunman pulled a rifle from a bag around 9:30am and began firing inside Terminal 3. He says the shooter went to the security screening area and fired more shots, before moving into the secure area of the terminal. There, he says, officers exchanged fire with the gunman and apprehended him.

One person is in critical condition, while two others remain in fair condition at an area hospital. All the patients are men. A hospital spokeswoman did not identify which patient is the alleged shooter.

Air traffic controllers reported seeing passengers spilling from the terminal onto the tarmac, "getting out as fast as they could," according to one controller.

A New Jersey police chief says the suspect had apparently made references to suicide.
 
Pennsville Chief Allen Cummings says Paul Ciancia's father called him early Friday afternoon 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 asked him for help in locating Paul, according to Cummings. The chief says he called Los Angeles police, which sent a patrol car to Ciancia's apartment. There, two roommates said they had seen him Thursday and that he was fine.
 
Cummings says he told Ciancia's father that because of the son's age, he couldn't take a missing persons report. He says his department had no dealings with the younger Paul Ciancia.

If you are heading to LAX today, you're urged to call your airline to make sure your flight is still arriving at that airport. To check the status of your flight, you can go to www.renoairport.com.

Terminal 3 serves AirTran Airways, AmericanTransAir, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, Horizon, Midwest Express, West Jet and Sun Country.

(The Associated Press, and CBS News contributed to this report.)

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