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Investigators probe motives of LAX airport shooter

The Los Angeles International Airport terminal where a gunman opened fire on Friday morning, killing an unarmed federal airport security agent and wounding others, remained closed to airplane traffic the day after the shooting as authorities probed the motive behind the attack.

All exit ramps to LAX Airport are closed, causing major traffic problems. Credit: REUTERS/David McNew

Authorities have identified the suspected shooter as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, and they said he was shot and wounded by police in an exchange of gunfire at the airport's busy Terminal 3.

The investigation into the attack will probe the shooting itself as well as the gunman's background and motivation, Special Agent David Bowdich of the FBI said on Friday. "Our goal is to do a true scrub on the individual to find out what was the tipping point for this person," he said.

LAPD officers honour killed LAX airport officer

Black mourning bands will be worn to honour officer Gerardo Hernandez

Los Angeles Police Department chief Charlie Beck has tweeted a picture of the black armbands that will be worn by officers until murdered airport security agent Gerardo Hernandez is buried.

Mr Hernandez was shot by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.

Security worker killed by gunman at LAX airport named

Suspected gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, is in a critical condition after being shot by police officer. Credit: FBI

A man killed by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday has been identified as 39-year-old Gerardo Hernandez, the US Transportation Security Administration confirmed.

The gunman has also been named as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, also wounded two others before being shot by police officers and taken into custody. He is said to be in a critical condition.


Obama 'concerned' about LAX shooting

President Barack Obama said he is "concerned" about the shooting at Los Angeles airport, although he declined to comment on the details of the incident.

Barack Obama would not be drawn on the details of the shooting in LA. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA

"We're concerned about it, but I'll let law enforcement folks talk about it directly," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office, Washington.

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