Connecticut Supreme Court Declared Death Penalty Unconstitutional … Allows 11 on Death Row to Live Including heinous Rapist & Murders Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes
Shame on the Connecticut Supreme Court … Allows rapist and murders live without parole.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has declared the death penalty unconstitutional on the grounds that it is cruel and unusual punishment. REALLY? You know what I deem cruel and unusual punishment, the torturing, molesting, raping and murdering of 48 year old Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Michaela and Hayley. How could anything else but the death penalty be the punishment for two individuals who would commit such heinous and vile acts? It is times like this that pubic stonings should be allowed.
But instead a bunch of bleeding heart liberals would rather spare the lives of rapists and murders. I wonder if the justices and the libs would feel the same if it happened to members of their families or their friends?
The Petit family home-invasion murders drew international attention: Two men raped and strangled a mother and molested one of her daughters in Connecticut. Then they set fire to the home, killing the woman and her 11- and 17-year-old daughters.
On Thursday, the Connecticut Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional, sparing the lives of the two killers and nine other convicts who were on death row when the state abolished capital punishment in 2012.
Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were sentenced to death for the slayings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and her daughters, Michaela and Hayley.
“I’m not surprised at this decision,” said Michael Dearington, who prosecuted Komisarjevsky and Hayes, declining to elaborate.
In 2012, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law that abolished the death penalty, making the state the 17th in the nation to abandon capital punishment and the fifth in five years to usher in a repeal. But inmates already on death row when the law passed were considered exempt from the law and could be executed.
The Supreme Court decision stems from the appeal of a defendant whose lawyers argued that executions carried out after the state abolished the death penalty would represent cruel and unusual punishment. That inmate, Eduardo Santiago, faced the death penalty after being convicted of a murder in West Hartford in 2000 in exchange for a snowmobile.
Steven J. Hayes
Joshua A. Komisarjevsky
JURY DECIDES FATE OF BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV … SENTENCED TO DEATH
The sentences is is … Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. In the end, what else was the jury going to hand down as a punishment for this terrorist who took part in the Boston Marathon in 2013? His goal was to kill as many men women and children as he could. The punishment meets the crime. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had previously been found guilty on all counts and now came time for his punishment. Despite the best efforts of the defense team and Sister Helen Prejean to convince the jury that Tsarnaev was remorseful of his heinous acts, thankfully the jury did not take the bait. If this was not a death sentence case, what is? The last thing anyone ever needed to hear was that his terrorists punishment was 3 square meals a day, cable TV and demands to have access to pray to Mecca 5 times a day. In the end there was no more appropriate punishment than death. According to accounts, Tsarnaev showed no emotion as he learned his fate and stood with his hands clasped in front of him, his head slightly bowed. He faces death by lethal injection. Personally, I say lets bring back “sparky” for this dirt-bag.
Two years after bombs in two backpacks transformed the Boston Marathon from a sunny rite of spring to a smoky battlefield with bodies dismembered, a federal jury on Friday condemned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the 2013 attack.
In a sweeping rejection of the defense case, the jury found that death was the appropriate punishment for six of 17 capital counts — all six related to Mr. Tsarnaev’s planting of a pressure-cooker bomb on Boylston Street, which his lawyers never disputed. Mr. Tsarnaev, 21, stood stone-faced in court, his hands folded in front of him, as the verdict was read, his lawyers standing grimly at his side.
Immediate reaction was mostly subdued.
“Happy is not the word I would use,” said Karen Brassard, who suffered grievous leg injuries in the bombing. “There’s nothing happy about having to take somebody’s life. I’m satisfied, I’m grateful that they came to that conclusion, because for me I think it was the just conclusion.”
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Confirm that Remains Found Sunday in Decatur County is that of Missing Holly Bobo (VIDEO)
Sad conclusion to a three year search … Holly Bobo has been found.
The TBI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, has confirmed that the remains found in Decatur County is that of Holly Bobo. On Sunday, two individuals found a human skull in an isolated wooded area in Decatur county while searching for ginseng. The remains were found about 10 miles away from the property of her suspected killer, Zachary Adams. Two men have been charged in connection with Bobo’s death, Zachary Adams and Jason Wayne Autry. Both have pleaded not guilty. District Attorney Matt Stowe stated, he is “ready, willing and able to seek the death penalty in this case. We are going to make sure that everyone who played a part in the heinous crime that has attacked the peace and dignity of the great state of Tennessee faces a consequence for that.”
Bobo’s remains were found Sunday in Decatur County, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Monday night.
CNN affiliate WREG reported that hunters had found a human skull.
District Attorney Matt Stowe said he is “ready, willing and able to seek the death penalty in this case.”
“We are going to make sure that everyone who played a part in the heinous crime that has attacked the peace and dignity of the great state of Tennessee faces a consequence for that,” Stowe said Monday night.
UPDATE I: Press Conference VIDEO of the confirmation of the remains found in Decatur County, TN are that of missing nursing student Holly Bobo.
RAW VIDEO: TBI holds conference on discovery of Holly Bobo’s remains.
Now it is time to get JUSTICE FOR HOLLY!!!
District Attorney Matt Stowe promised that everyone involved in the death of Holly Bobo will be held accountable. Stowe said he is “ready, willing and able to seek the death penalty in this case.”
Daily Commentary – Thursday, August 7, 2014 – Just When You Thought You’ld Seen Enough of Jody Arias
- Judge allows her to represent herself in the penalty phase of her murder trial
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Tennessee Brings Back Old “Sparky” … Gov. Bill Haslam Signs Bill Allowing Death Row Inmates to be Electrocuted in Lieu of Lethal Injection Drugs
TENNESSEE BRINGS BACK OLD SPARKY … HEY WHAT ABOUT FIRING SQUADS AS WELL?
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill on Thursday that would allow the ‘Volunteer’ state to use the electric chair in lieu of lethal injection drugs to put an end to death row felons. A Vanderbilt University poll released this week found that 56% of registered voters in Tennessee support the use of the electric chair, while only 37% are against it. Just because of the lack of production of lethal injection drugs does not mean that a death row inmate should he given a stay of execution … the show must go on! States have found themselves running out of drugs used to execute prisoners after a European-led and squishy libs boycotted drug sales to prisons. A note to liberals, there is always an alternative. Personally I am am a proponent of, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So, I am not sure why we retired the electric chair or the firing squads in the first place. There is no fear that there could be a violent reaction to the lethal drugs as was seen last month in Oklahoma. Its amazing just how lethal bullets are and what 2000 volts can do. And if you boycott them and Obama makes it energy too expensive with his war on coal, then we might just bring back hanging or borrow the Guillotine from the French.
WELCOME BACK OLD SPARKY!!!
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that brings back the electric chair for inmates facing death sentences.
Now, inmates facing death don’t have a choice of how to die.
The state’s move comes in response to a nationwide shortage of drugs used to make the lethal injections that death-row inmates are normally given, CBS reported.
Lawmakers passed the bill in April by a massive margin: The Senate voted 23-3 and the House, 68-13, CBS reported.
Of course there are those that whine about how old sparky is cruel and unusual punishment for death row felons who have committed heinous and reprehensible crimes. Its all about the rights of the murderer rapist and victims be damned. Richard Dieter, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said Tennessee is the first state to enact a law to reintroduce the electric chair without giving prisoners an option. Much like the lack of options these criminals gave their victims, right? Isn’t it about time we start caring more about the rights that have been taken away from victims, rather than how a criminal feels?
With the governor’s signature, Tennessee becomes the first state to make it mandatory to use the electric chair when lethal injection drugs are unavailable, said Richard Dieter, the president of the Death Penalty Information Center.
“This is unusual and might be both cruel and unusual punishment,” he said.
“No state says what Tennessee says. This is forcing the inmate to use electrocution,” according to Dieter, who believes “the inmate would have an automatic Eighth Amendment challenge.”
The amendment protects against cruel and unusual punishment.
“The electric chair is clearly a brutal alternative,” Deiter said.
Finally After 25 Years, Michael Taylor Executed in Missouri for the 1989 Kidnap, Rape & Murder of 15 Year Old Ann Harrison in Kansas City
IT’S ABOUT TIME … GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH!
47 year old Michael Taylor was finally put to death and pronounced dead Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12: 10 a.m. at the state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Taylor was executed for the 1989 rape and murder of 15 year old Ann Harrison, as the Kansas City teen waited for the school bus. 1989!!! Are you kidding that it took 25 years for the appeals process to run their course before this rapist/murder was given the death penalty? UNREAL! There is some thing serious wrong with a legal system that takes a quarter of a century to provide justice. Isn’t it amazing, sickening, that we have a system that is more concerned with how the convicted murderers die than the victim?
Om March 22, 1989 Michael Taylor and Roderick Nunley abducted Ann Harrison as she waited for the school bus in her driveway, pulled her into a stolen car, took her to a home, raped her and then fatally stabbed Harrison as she pleaded for her life. Roderick Nunley has also been sentenced to death.
A Missouri inmate was executed early Wednesday for abducting, raping and killing a Kansas City teenager as she waited for her school bus in 1989, marking the state’s fourth lethal injection in as many months.
Michael Taylor, 47, was pronounced dead at 12: 10 a.m. at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Federal courts and the governor had refused last-minute appeals from his attorneys, who argued that the execution drug purchased from a compounding pharmacy could have caused Taylor inhuman pain and suffering.
Taylor offered no final statement, though he mouthed silent words to his parents, clergymen and other relatives who witnessed his death. As the process began, he took two deep breaths before closing his eyes for the last time. There were no obvious signs of distress.
“Ann was a very loving, caring, innocent young girl. She loved her sports, she loved her music, most of all she loved her family,” her uncle Paul Harrison said.
With the killers still making headlines, the hurt is still there for the family.
“It just brings back a lot of bad memories. It’s also justice being served,” Paul said.
Of course Michael Taylor’s defense attorneys questioned the execution drug purchased from a compounding pharmacy that could have caused Taylor inhuman pain and suffering and looked for a stay. Thankfully, U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips and the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied several petitions on Tuesday night for a last minute stay or further judicial review and fustice was finally served after 25 years. However, the best rebuttal to that ridiculous comment came from Pete Edlund, the retired Kansas City police detective who led the investigation into the teenager’s death who said, “Cruel and unusual punishment would be if we killed them the same way they killed Annie Harrison. Get a damn rope, string them up, put them in the gas chamber. Whatever it takes.”
The rest of the city may remember her as the girl kidnapped from in front of her house while waiting for the school bus.
But to her friends, who have grown into women with careers and children of their own, she is forever in their thoughts as that smiling, pretty, brown-haired girl who loved softball and music.
“Ann deserves to be remembered for the wonderful spirit that she was, and continues to be, for her family, friends and community,” said Tina Thomasee.
Next month, on the anniversary of her death, friends are planning a ceremony to commemorate her life.
Barrett and Ann shared classes. They played on the same softball team, coached by Ann’s father, and they were bandmates. Ann played the flute, and Barrett wonders if Ann would have pursued a career in music.
“She loved playing the flute,” Barrett said. “She was really good.”
Ann’s death was a life-altering event for Barrett and other children who knew her.
“It just wasn’t in my realm of possibility at that age,” she said.
Previously, they rode their bikes around the neighborhood and walked everywhere without worry.
“After that, no more,” she said. “It changed the way I think of the world.”
Federal Prosecutors Will Seek the Death Penalty Against Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
FINALLY ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER GETS SOMETHING RIGHT, FEDS WILL SEEK DEATH PENALTY AGAINST DZHOKHAR TAARNAEV …
United States federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing that took place on April 15, 2013 that left three dead and many more seriously injured losing limbs. U.S. attorney in Boston, Carmen Ortiz, said in a statement that prosecutors there supported the decision and that the “trial team is prepared to move forward.” It can’t come soon enough. If there was ever a case for the death penalty, this would be it. Let’s give Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his fair trial, let the jury deliberate and let’s hope that common sense prevails and he is found guilty and sentenced to death.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev better hope that Boston Red Sox’s Big Papi is not selected for jury duty …
The Justice Department announced Thursday that it would seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 20-year-old man whom prosecutors have accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 200 others.
“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a short statement.
The U.S. attorney in Boston, Carmen Ortiz, said in a statement that prosecutors there supported the decision and that the “trial team is prepared to move forward.”
The case is in its early stages, and prosecutors could yet use the threat of death to strike a plea bargain with the young man and avoid a lengthy trial with bombing victims taking the stand to recount the attack.
Notice to seek the death penalty can be read HERE.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY
The United States of America, by and through its undersigned counsel and pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3593(a),notifies the Court and
Defendant DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV that the United States believes the circumstances of the offenses charged in Counts One through Ten
and Counts Twelve through Eighteen of the Indictment are such that, in the event of a conviction, a sentence of death is justified
under Chapter 228 (Sections 3591 through 3598) of Title 18 of the United States Code, and that the United States will seek the sentence
of death for these offenses. (more)
CNN has audio of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s mother reaction and for some reason decides to report on the news that Dzhokhar’s mother thinks he is innocent of the Boston Marathon bombings and the murders that took place in the aftermath. CNN also then reported that many in southern Russia are distrustful of the US government’s case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I wonder why their ratings are waning?
Good Riddance … Convicted Cop Killer Edgar Tamayo Arias Who Was in US Illegally Executed Tonight in Texas for 1994 Murder of Officer Guy Gaddis
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS … Let this be a message to every
foreign national individual in the United States illegally, you kill a police officer in a state that has the death penalty and you will be put to death.
After 20 years, justice is finally served. Tonight Mexican national Edgar Tamayo Arias was executed in Huntsville, Texas for the 1994 killing of a Houston police officer Guy Gaddis. A last ditch effort by Tamayo’s attorney to keep the convicted cop killer alive failed Wednesday night when the U.S. Supreme Court denied a motion to stay his execution. Defense attorney’s claimed that Tamayo’s execution violated international law. However, at 9:32 p.m. CT, Edgar Tamayo Arias, was put to death for his crimes. But I guess Tamayo was doing the jobs that Americans were not willing to do. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Illegal Edgar Tamayo Arias Executed for Murder of Office Guy Gaddis
Texas executed a Mexican citizen late Wednesday despite objections from Mexico, a former Texas governor and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
Edgar Tamayo Arias, 46, was put to death at 9:32 p.m. Central time for killing a Houston police officer in 1994, according to Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Tamayo made no last statement, Clark said.
Tamayo’s attorneys fought until the last minute to save his life, appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of execution. It was denied. They argued that Tamayo had been deprived of his rights because, as a foreign citizen, he should have been informed of his right to diplomatic assistance under an international treaty known as the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
Tamayo’s lawyers turned to the high court after the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their appeal that Tamayo was developmentally disabled, mentally ill and ineligible for execution.
KUDOS to Texas Gov. Rick Perry who said in the face of the liberal outrage of those who wanted to protect this cop killer, “the state was committed to enforcing its laws.” Let’s get a couple of things straight here in this case, rather than how the MSM is only discussing and focusing how this murderer was wronged. There is only one victim here and that is murdered police officer Guy Gaddis.
Mexican officials had petitioned the U.S. government on Tamayo’s behalf, including Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade and Ambassador to the U.S. Eduardo Medina Mora.
Former Texas governor and attorney general Mark White, a Democrat, also backed a review of Tamayo’s case.
Kerry wrote to Texas officials last fall urging a reconsideration of Tamayo’s execution.
“I have no reason to doubt the facts of Mr. Tamayo’s conviction, and as a former prosecutor, I have no sympathy for anyone who would murder a police officer,” Kerry wrote. But he added that he was concerned the state’s handling of the case could affect the way Americans are treated overseas.
Justice finally for officer Guy Gaddis
Let’s take a look at the crime that so many wanted to go unpunished, including Sec. of State John Kerry, and have this murderers case reviewed. Even former President GWB needs to be called out on this one. 24 year old police officer Guy Gaddis was shot and killed by Tamayo. After having arrested Tamayo, he was handcuffed and put in the back seat of the police car. As officer Gaddis drove off, Tamayo drew a concealed weapon and shot officer Gaddis in the back of the head three times. What might be most pathetic is that we have a corrupt Mexican government who purposely could care less about their people and keeping them within their own borders. This corrupt government is going to tell us what to do when one of their people is in the US illegally and kills a police officer? ARE YOU KIDDING!!! What message would it send that if an illegal Mexican could come into the United States, kill a police officer and not be put to death?
Gaddis, 24, had been flagged down near a nightclub by a man who accused Tamayo of robbing him. The officer arrested Tamayo, handcuffed him and put him in the back seat of his patrol car. He was driving away when Tamayo drew a concealed pistol and shot Gaddis three times in the back of the head.
On Sunday night, January 30, 1994, Officer Gaddis reported for duty on the night shift at the Beechnut. He was assigned to ride a one-man unit, 17E23N. After running several report calls, Gaddis was flagged down in the 6700 block of Bissonnet by a citizen who reported that he had been robbed by two suspects at the Topaz Night Club. The officer reported this on-view complaint to the dispatcher and requested other units to check by with him at the Topaz, a known area trouble spot located at 6501 Chimney Rock. The reporting time was 2:21 a.m. now on the morning of Monday, January 31.
Three of Officer Gaddis’ fellow units, with a total of five officers on board, immediately responded to this request. The first officer to arrive observed Officer Gaddis to have two suspects against a wall, spread-eagled and undergoing a search. This officer also observed that Gaddis had apparently completed his search of what will now be referred to as the No. 2 suspect. This first responding officer took control of this suspect and immediately handcuffed him with his hands to the rear. While doing so, this officer observed Gaddis continue his search of the No. 1 suspect. In doing so, he discovered the robbery complainant’s watch. At this point, Officer Gaddis very likely ended his search of the No. 1 suspect prematurely, handcuffing his hands behind him.
Other officers were arrived and observed the end results of the arrest. They watched as Officer Gaddis and the first arriving officer placed both suspects in the rear of Gaddis’ patrol car. Suspect No. 1, later identified as Edgar Tamayo, was seated in the left rear seat while Suspect No. 2, Jesus Zarco Mendoza, was placed in the right rear seat.
These two suspects were in custody, handcuffed behind their back in the rear seat of a caged patrol car. While Gaddis transported them to the Southeast Command Station, the following is known:
Officer Gaddis drove southbound in the 8100 block of Chimney Rock. He drove through the City of Bellaire, just north of Chimney Rock and Holly. Then something went terribly awry in the back seat of the patrol car from behind the Plexiglas cage. While driving, Officer Gaddis was shot in the back of his head, causing his patrol car to veer to the left, out of control.
The unit crossed a residential yard on the northeast corner of this intersection, traveled further south across Holly and into the yard of a residence at 5229 Holly, striking the house at a high rate of speed and landing near the front door that faced north.
LifeFlight rushed Officer Gaddis to Hermann Hospital, with little hope for his survival. Doctors pronounced him dead at 4:31 a.m., January 31, 1994. He was only twenty-four years old, leaving his pregnant wife Rosa behind.
Besides his wife, the officer was survived his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Edwin (Gayle) Gaddis of Brookside Village; brother Glenn and his wife Angela of Houston; brother Gary and nephew Justyn Gaddis of Brookside; his aunt Patsy Reeves of Shreveport; Uncle Charles Gottlick and wife Maureen of Scotch Plains, New Jersey; aunt Bernadette Lopez and husband George and uncle Russell Gottlick and wife Joyce.
Ohio Rapist & Killer Dennis McGuire Execution Took 15 Minutes to Die … Um, and Your Point Is? In Typicaly F’d Up America, the Murder’s Family Says His Civil Rights Were Violated
Good riddance to bad rubbish …
Sorry, if I do not shed a tear or lose any sleep over the fact that it took 15 minutes for convicted rapist and murderer Dennis Mc Guire during his execution in Lucasville, Ohio. The family of Dennis McGuire is claiming that his civil rights were violated because of the cruel and unusual punishment he experienced during his execution. REALLY? The killers daughter, Amber McGuire, is reported to have said, “Oh my God,” as she observed her father’s final moments. Did we mention that Dennis McGuire was charged and convicted of the 1989 rape and murder of 22 year old Joy Stewart. Did we also mention that she was seven months pregnant? I wounder if Amber and the family of this killer ever thought about what Joy’s last words were when her life was savagely taken as she was stabbed to death and throat cut?
Bleeding heart libs on CNN discuss the notion that this two drug cocktail execution was cruel and unusual punishment. However, a note to Dennis McGuire’s family and the future Dennis McGuire’s, this does not mean that an execution has to be painless. I am certain it was not painless or cruel for the victims.
The execution generated controversy because, like many states, Ohio has been forced to find new drug protocols after European-based manufacturers banned U.S. prisons from using their drugs in executions — among them, Danish-based Lundbeck, which manufactures pentobarbital.
According to Ohio’s corrections department, the state used a combination of the drugs midazolam, a sedative; and the painkiller hydromorphone.
A condemned Ohio inmate appeared to gasp several times and took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday as he was executed with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S.
Death row inmate Dennis McGuire made several loud snorting or snoring sounds during one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.
Ohio officials used intravenous doses of two drugs, the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone, to put McGuire to death for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of a pregnant woman, Joy Stewart.
This might be a first, I agree with Anderson Cooper when he asks, why not use a firing squad or a guillotine? If you are going to kill some one and you want to make it swift and effective, a firing squad or lopping off someones head might be the way to go.
I once sense I will agree that the execution of Dennis McGuire did take too long. I could care less about the 15 minutes. McGuire raped and killed Joy Stewart in 1989. He was tried and found guilty in 1994. It took nearly another 20 years to execute him? The 15 minutes is not the issue … the nearly 20 years to put him down is.
Hmm, I guess I am the only one who does not have an issue if the following happened during an execution for a convicted killer who would have murdered my wife an child. Sorry, maybe if they realized their demise would be a painful and miserable one, they might just think twice. Cruel and unusual punishment is having to tolerate these rapists and murderers walking among us.
Execution scene from the movie, Law Abiding Citizen
Shots Fired at LAX … TSA Agent Killed … People Run for their Lives, Gunman Shot and Down, but Alive … (Update: Gunman ID’d as Paul Anthony Ciancia) (Update: Ciancia Charged with Murder)
SHOTS FIRED AT LAX …
Shots were fired at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning at 9:20 am local time at terminal 3. The gunman took a semi-automatic rifle with a reported 150 rounds of ammunition from out of a bag and starting firing in the area just before the TSA screening area. At the TSA check point, unarmed TSA officers were shot. It is reported that one TSA officer has been killed. The gunman then pursued past the TSA check point down into the secured area of the airport as terrified airport travelers ran for their lives. There was complete panic as people were screaming as they ran to get away and hide from the gunman. Passengers actually ran onto the airport tarmac to protect themselves and get away.
After making it hundreds of feet into the terminal, the gunman is shot multiple times. Gunman down, but alive. The suspect has been arrsted and is in police custody. It is not known what the gunman’s motive was. Of course we will most likely later find out that insanity and mental issues don’t have a motive. In all, six other people were injured, including three TSA officers, and taken to nearby hospitals. However, one TSA officer was killed during the mass shooting. He has been identified as 39 year old Gerardo I. Hernandez, who has been with the TSA since 2010. Our heart felt condolences to his family. According to the TSA, Hernandez is the first officer to have been killed in the line of duty in the agency’s 12-year history.
UPDATE I: The gunman has been identified as 23 year old Paul Anthony Ciancia.
Ciancia, 23, is believed to be from Pennsville, N.J., however authorities said he has a residence in Los Angeles.
Witnesses described Ciancia as a short, young, white man, carrying a long-rifle.
One of the shooting victims was a TSA officer who died of his wounds. The officer was a behavioral detection officer, assigned to identify passengers acting strangely, said J. David Cox, president of the AFGE, the officers’ union.
The TSA confirmed the identity of the officer killed as Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, who has been with the TSA since 2010.
23 year old Paul Anthony Ciancia
UPDATE II: LAX shooting spree: TSA worker dead after assault-type rifle rampage inside Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 3.
UPDATE III: From CBS News, Ciancia had anti-government views & AP reporting gunman had a hand-written note with him that said he “wanted to kill TSA and pigs.”
CBS2′s David Goldstein reports that Ciancia sent a text message to a family member in New Jersey early Friday in which he threatened to kill himself. His father called local police in New Jersey, who called Los Angeles police. According to the local police chief, the LAPD sent a car to his apartment. His two roommates said they hadn’t seen him since Thursday and that he was fine
The man suspected of killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and injuring at least six people in Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport apparently had suicidal thoughts before the attack, authorities said.
The family of Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, told Pennsville, N.J. Police Chief Allen Cummings early Friday afternoon that Ciancia had mentioned taking his own life in a text message to his younger brother, the chief told The Associated Press.
UPDATE V: Paul Anthony Ciancia Charged with Murder …
The unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected in the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport set out to kill multiple employees of the Transportation Security Administration and hoped the attack would “instill fear in their traitorous minds,” authorities said Saturday.
Paul Ciancia was so determined to take lives that, after shooting a TSA officer and going up an escalator, he turned back to see the officer move and returned to finish him off, according to surveillance video reviewed by investigators.
Federal prosecutors filed charges of first-degree murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. The charges could qualify him for the death penalty.