LA Airport shooting rampage suspect pleads not guilty

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The man who went into a shooting rampage at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Nov. 1 pleaded not guilty to multiple murder and attempted murder charges on Thursday.

With Paul Anthony Ciancia’s plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Bristow, he faces life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of the charges.

Ciancia, 23, killed Transportation Security Agency (TSA) Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez and wounded three others during the shooting rampage at the LAX Terminal 3. He fired pointblank a .223-caliber M&P-15 semiautomatic rifle at Hernandez and on two other TSA officers and a passenger, all of whom were wounded.

Police chased Ciancia before shooting and wounding him. Ciancia was hospitalized for two weeks before he was detained in Rancho Cucamonga.

A grand jury indicted Ciancia for murdering a federal officer, two counts of attempted murder of a federal officer and eight firearms-related charges on Dec. 17. His trial is set on Feb. 11.

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