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Los Angeles, California - November 2, 2013
NOTE: **FLASH TRANSITIONS BETWEEN SOUNDBITES**
1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andre Berrot, US Attorney for Central District of California
"The defendant is alleged to have pulled a Smith and Wesson 223 MP 15 assault rifle out of his bag and fired multiple rounds at point blank range at TSA officer."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andre Berrot, US Attorney for Central District of California
"The defendant is then alleged to have begun walking away from the TSA officer, going up an escalator, and then coming back down that escalator to shoot the wounded officer again."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andre Berrot, US Attorney for Central District of California
"The defendant then moved and continued firing his weapon, hitting two uniformed on duty TSA employees, one civilian passenger all of whom sustained gunshot wounds."
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andre Berrot, US Attorney for Central District of California
"The murder is believed to be a premeditated act of first degree and in these circumstances faces either maximum penalty of life with out parole or imposition of the death penalty"
Federal prosecutors filed charges of murder and commission of violence at an international airport against the unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport.
If convicted, Paul Ciancia could get the death penalty. He was arrested Friday after authorities say he barged into a terminal, pulled an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from his duffel bag and opened fire. The bullets killed a Transportation Security Administration officer and injuring four others before Ciancia was gunned down by airport police.
The killing was "believed to be a premeditated act of murder in the first-degree," U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said in announcing the charges.
Authorities believe someone dropped Ciancia off at the airport, and agents are reviewing surveillance tapes and other evidence to piece together the sequence of events.
It's not clear why Ciancia targeted the agency, but the note found in his duffel bag suggested the unemployed motorcycle mechanic was willing to kill almost any officer he could confront.
"Black, white, yellow, brown, I don't discriminate," the note read, according to a paraphrase by a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
The suspect's screed also mentioned "fiat currency" and "NWO," possible references to the New World Order, a conspiracy theory that foresees a totalitarian one-world government.
Ciancia, who was shot four times by airport police, remained hospitalized Saturday, but there was no word on his condition. He was wounded in the mouth and the leg, authorities said.
Terminal 3, the area where the shooting happened, reopened Saturday afternoon. Passengers who had abandoned luggage to escape Friday's gunfire were allowed to return to collect their bags