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Shooting at LAX

A TSA agent was fatally shot and several others were injured at Los Angeles International Airport on the morning of Nov. 1, 2013. Suspected gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was charged in the shooting. He was critically wounded after being shot by LAX police.

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An autopsy conducted on the body of Gerardo Hernandez determined the TSA officer died within two to five minutes of being shot, according to the L.A. County Coroner’s office.

TSA Honors Slain LAX Security Officer with Moment of Silence

TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez was shot and killed during a shooting rampage at LAX on Nov. 1. (Credit: KTLA)

The autopsy, conducted on Nov. 2, established the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.

Hernandez, the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty, was gunned down Nov. 1 in a shooting spree at LAX.

His death was officially ruled a homicide.

The coroner’s final report was expected to be released by the end of the week.

An Associated Press report published Nov. 15 raised questions about how long it had taken for Hernandez to receive medical attention after the shooting.

Citing an unnamed source, the AP reported that instead of immediately bringing Hernandez to paramedics stationed outside the terminal, an unidentified LAPD officer  declared to others that he was already dead.

The report said 33 minutes passed before airport police officers brought Hernandez to paramedics.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck responded to the coroner’s statement Wednesday calling previous reporting of his officer’s actions, “highly irresponsible.”

“All the facts indicate that any action taken by responding officers or medical personnel would not have saved Officer Hernandez’ life,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.  “What concerns me most about this is that it brought needless trauma to the grieving family members of Officer Hernandez.  It is unconscionable to inflict unnecessary additional suffering to a family that lost a husband, a father, and a loved one in this tragic incident,”

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles World Airports also issued a response.

“Numerous investigations and inquiries into the incident and response are underway, the statement read. “An After Action Workgroup is rigorously analyzing all aspects of the multidiscipline response. The findings of that Workgroup will provide the best perspective from which to draw conclusions, make recommendations, or take other corrective action,” the statement read.

The alleged gunman, Paul Ciancia, is currently being held in federal custody after being released from the hospital.

The 23-year-old was charged with the murder of a federal officer and the intentional use of a firearm during the commission of violence an international airport.

Paul Ciancia, the suspected gunman in the Nov. 1 shooting spree at LAX, has been released from the hospital and was in federal custody, authorities said Tuesday.

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Suspected LAX shooter Paul Ciancia seen in a DMV photo. (Credit: FBI)

The last remaining patient from the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood on Monday, Roxanne Moster said in a statement.

Ciancia, who has been in critical condition after the shooting, was the last patient from the incident taken to UCLA Medical Center.

Ciancia had been taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

No court appearance for Ciancia had been scheduled and no details about his “custody status” or the location where he was held were being released, Mrozek said.

Ciancia had allegedly pulled an assault rifle from a bag near the entrance to Terminal 3, fatally shooting Transportation Security Administration agent Gerardo I. Hernandez at point-blank range, and then returning to fire on Hernandez again. Ciancia allegedly then fired on at least two other TSA employees and a civilian passenger as he proceeded through the TSA checkpoint and into the gate area.

He was shot by airport police responding to the incident, which left LAX in chaos and disrupted air travel around the world.

The 23-year-old was charged with the murder of a federal officer and the intentional use of a firearm during the commission of violence an international airport.

A New Jersey native who had been living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sun Valley, Ciancia was believed to have acted alone, specifically targeting TSA employees.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, was bleeding for 33 minutes before being taken by police to a waiting ambulance, according to reports.

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Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, seen here in a photo from Facebook.

Paramedics were just 150 yards away from Hernandez, but were not allowed entrance to the airport because the scene had not been declared safe, according to an Associated Press report.

The suspect however, had been in custody for about 28 of those minutes and posed no further threat, two officials told the AP.

The officials had been briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, according to the report.

It was not known whether immediate medical attention might have saved Hernandez’s life.

Hernandez was shot while on duty in Terminal 3 by a gunman apparently targeting TSA officers.

Suspected gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was shot by airport police officers and is hospitalized in fair condition.

TSA Honors Slain LAX Security Officer with Moment of Silence

TSA security officer Gerardo Hernandez was shot and killed during a shooting rampage at LAX on Nov. 1. (Credit: KTLA)

Hernandez was the first TSA officer to be killed in the line of duty.

His wife Ana said her husband was always excited to go to work.

“We are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly,” Ana said. “We married on Valentine’s Day 1998 and have two beautiful, wonderful children.”

Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport on November 1, was honored Tuesday at a public memorial service in Los Angeles.

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Gerardo Hernandez (Credit: family photo)

Hernandez, 39, was the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty.

The fallen TSA agent was honored during a gathering at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, where hundreds of uniformed law enforcement officer appeared to remember Hernandez.

Down on one knee, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Rand Beers delivered a folded flag to Hernandez.

Among those who spoke at the service were U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“Four million souls in this city, but there was only one Gerardo,” Garcetti said.

Suspected gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, has been charged in the shooting. He was critically wounded after being shot by LAX police.

Also Tuesday, Ciancia’s condition was upgraded from critical to fair condition, according to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he had been taken after being shot by airport police.

The Transportation Security Administration honored slain TSA security officer Gerardo Hernandez Friday morning with a moment of silence.

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Gerardo Hernandez (Family Photo)

At 9:20 a.m. PST, the exact time of last Friday’s shooting; TSA checkpoint operations around the country briefly paused to honor Hernandez.

In Los Angeles,  the observance was recognized in all LAX terminals, the airport’s media relations department said in a press release.

On Wednesday Hernandez was honored at a ceremony at Los Angeles International airport.

Hernandez, 39, was the first TSA offer to be killed in the line of duty since the agency’s inception.

A public memorial service for Hernandez will be held next Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Suspected gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, has been charged in the shooting. He was critically wounded after being shot by LAX police.

The transportation security officer killed in a shooting spree at LAX five days ago was honored with an emotional and solemn ceremony at the airport Wednesday.

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A TSA agent holds the U.S. Honor Flag to memorialized slain colleague Gerardo Hernadez in a ceremony at LAX on Nov. 6, 2013. (Credit: pool)

The airport police honor guard received the U.S. National Honors Flag, presenting it to the TSA honor guard to memorialize Gernardo I. Hernandez, killed Nov. 1 in Terminal 3 by a gunman apparently targeting Transportation Security Administration officers.

PHOTOS: A series of images from the memorial ceremony posted are on KTLA’s Facebook page.

Hernandez was passionate about his job, according to Jason Pantages, assistant federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport.

“He was a great leader. He’s going to be sorely missed,” Pantages said. “He really loved what he did and showed that each and every day that he worked.”

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Gerardo I. Hernandez, pictured in a family photo, was the first TSA agent to be killed in the line of duty.

TSA officers at LAX were “battling through” grief and many other emotions in the wake of the shooting, Pantages said.

The American Airlines plane transporting the flag from Austin, Texas, was greeted with a double water cannon salute as the aircraft taxied to the gate.

The Emerald Society bagpipers, who play at the funerals of officers killed in the line of duty, performed on the tarmac as the plane taxied and then inside the terminal as the flag was taken to a waiting motorcade.

Los Angeles International Airport police escorted a female TSA agent carrying the honor flag, along with the honor guard, to the curbside front of Terminal 4.

The processions passed through two long lines of police officer and blue-clad TSA agents on the sidewalk outside the termianl.

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A memorial ribbon and image worn at Wednesday’s ceremony in honor of Gerardo Hernandez. (Credit: pool)

A motorcade then completed two laps around the terminal area to honor Hernandez.

The flag, a gift to the Texas House of Representatives, is designed to honor those who “have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting our lives, our homes and our country,” according to a website about the U.S. Honor Flag.

It was taken to Ground Zero in the longest-ever police motorcade just after 9/11, and it flew over the site where the World Trade Center fell.

Hernandez, 39, was the first TSA offer to be killed in the line of duty since the agency’s inception in the months after 9/11.

Speaking in front of the family’s Porter Ranch home on Saturday, Hernandez’s wife Ana said her husband was always excited to go to work.

“We are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly,”  Ana said. “We married on Valentine’s Day 1998 and have two beautiful, wonderful children.”

Four days after Brian Ludmer was wounded in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, students at Calabasas High School walked out of classes for a rally in support of the performing arts teacher and against gun violence.

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Brian Ludmer was shot in the leg during Friday’s shooting rampage at LAX, authorities said. He is shown in a family photo obtained by KTLA.

Ludmer, who remained hospitalized in good condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, watched the rally live online, a school official said.

“We know he’s going through a lot and needs a lot of donations because his medical bills are really rising quickly,” said Calabasas High student Sam Kaufman.

Describing his reaction to news of the shooting, Kaufman said: “It was really scary, because, how much more close to home could it get? It felt really personal.”

At 12:19 p.m., students gathered on the campus quad and chanted, “We love Ludmer!”

The 29-year-old teacher had been on his way to a friend’s wedding Friday morning when a gunman shot him in the leg, authorities said. Ludmer managed to crawl to a closet and make a tourniquet before first responders reached him.

“He said he thought he was going to die,” said CJ Foss, the school’s principal. “He heard what he thought were police officers looking for the shooter.”

An online fundraiser has been established for Ludmer. Donations can be made at YouCaring.com.

A TSA officer injured in the shootings at LAX on Monday recalled his slain colleague as a “wonderful person” and “good friend.”

Tony Grigsby, speaking from his home in unincorporated Willowbrook, said he was close with Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation Security Administration officer killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last Friday.

“He is very, very dear to me,” Grigsby said. “Only now it has hit me that I will never see him again.”

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TSA officer Gerardo I. Hernandez, killed at LAX, is seen in a family photo.

The two spoke often, last discussing vacationing in Mexico, Grigsby told news media gathered outside his home Monday.

Grigsby, 36, a behavior-detection officer who joined the TSA nearly nine years ago, said his mother was also an officer with the agency.

He was shot in the foot while helping an elderly man get to a safe area during the violent incident that killed Hernandez and injured another TSA agent and a teacher at Calabasas High School, leaving LAX in chaos.

“I turned around and there was a gunman, and (he) shot me twice,” Grigsby said.

Outside Terminal 3 on the tarmac, Grigsby said many people asked him about his injury.

“All I could think about was helping them,” Grigsby said.

A performing arts teacher from Calabasas High School remained hospitalized Monday after being shot during Friday’s deadly rampage at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Brian Ludmer was the only civilian shot during Friday’s shooting rampage at LAX. (Credit: KTLA)

Brian Ludmer, 29, was flying out of LAX Friday morning to attend a friend’s wedding when Paul Anthony Ciancia allegedly opened fire, killing one and wounding several others.

After hearing the gunshots, Ludmer reportedly tried to help some children get through the terminal before being shot in the leg.

He then crawled to a closet, hid, and made a tourniquet, he told those who spoke with him in the hospital.

“He said he thought he was going to die,” CJ Foss, the school’s principal, said. “He heard what he thought were police officers looking for the shooter.”

Ludmer peeked through the door and saw their badges before letting authorities know he was in the closet, Foss said.

Ludmer, the only civilian wounded in the shooting spree, was upgraded to good condition and was expected to undergo further surgery Monday.

The motive for the shootings remained under investigation.

Student’s at Calabasas High School planned a walkout for Tuesday in support of Ludmer, and to unite against gun violence.

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