Incident Summary:

11/01/2013: An assailant opened fire on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents inside Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, United States. At least one agent was killed and four others, including agents and civilians, were wounded in the assault. TSA agents returned fire and injured the assailant. Paul Ciancia claimed responsibility for the incident, stating, in a note found in his apartment, that he wanted to kill and to instill fear in TSA officers.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Los Angeles

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Specific Description Terminal 3
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Specific Description Agents
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .223 caliber assault rifle and a handgun were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Government extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 4
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"FBI: LAX shooter wanted to kill TSA officers," CNN, November 5, 2013.
"Sources: Alleged shooter hated government, 'New World Order',", November 3, 2013.
"The LAX shootings, as they happened," CBS News, November 4, 2013.