Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty in LAX shooting

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Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against Paul Ciancia for the 2013 shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport.

Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against Paul Ciancia for the 2013 shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport.

Ciancia, 24, has pleaded not guilty to 11 federal charges, including murder of a federal officer. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty, a decision approved by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Ciancia, of Sun Valley, is due in court Monday for a hearing on the status of his case.

The shooting at LAX Terminal 3 on Nov. 1, 2013, killed TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez, 39, and injured two other TSA agents and a teacher. Ciancia was taken into custody following a gunfight with airport police, who shot the suspect four times.

He spent more than two weeks at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center before he was released into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Law enforcement sources say Ciancia, a U.S. citizen, carried a note with him that suggested he was anti-government and expected to die in the airport shootout.

The note said he believed his constitutional rights had been violated by TSA searches, that he was a "patriot" upset at former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and that he wanted to kill "TSA and pigs."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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