Posted on | November 1, 2013 | 59 Comments
Multiple sources have confirmed Paul Ciancia, 23, of Pennsville, New Jersey, has been identified as the gunman in the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. Pete Williams of NBC News characterized Ciancia as motivated by “strong anti-government views” and a lot of us who have seen this media pattern for years just rolled our eyes.
Subsequent reports indicate the young gunman was suicidal, and left a note referring to police as “pigs.” We’ll see. Patience.
UPDATE: From NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate:
Paul Ciancia, 23, grew up in Pennsville, Salem County, N.J., according to Pennsville’s Police Chief. He’s been living in Los Angeles recently, but authorities are not sure for how long. . . .
Police say the shooter’s brother got a text message from Ciancia on Friday saying he was thinking about taking his life.
The brother contacted Pennsville Police and around 1 p.m. Pennsville’s police chief called Los Angeles Police to do a well-being check on Ciancia, police said.
Los Angeles Police went to Ciancia’s apartment. The man wasn’t there, but his roommates told police everything was fine, authorities said.
UPDATE II: More than two hours after the last update here, and the stream of information has slowed to a trickle. The latest Associated Press account has the fact that the shooter’s father owns an auto body shop in New Jersey. Hours have passed since Pete Williams of NBC reported that Ciancia had ”strong anti-government views.” This characterization evidently came from an FBI spokeswoman named Lourdes Arocho. But reports compiled at The Daily Mail don’t indicate any real political motive.
This seems to have been just another quiet weird kid who flipped out on a suicide-by-cop trip — except he wasn’t killed.
He was shot several times, but survived. The general media silence about the gunman’s motive suggests to me that Ciancia’s reported “anti-government views” were, basically, just crazy-talk.