In a Saturday afternoon press conference, federal prosecutors said they had filed a murder charge against LAX shooting suspect Paul Ciancia in the shooting death of TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, who would have celebrated his 40th birthday next week. Ciancia was also charged with commission of violence at an international airport.
It’s not clear why Paul Ciancia targeted the agency, but the note found in his duffel bag suggested the 23-year-old unemployed motorcycle mechanic was willing to kill almost any officer he could confront with his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
“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.