Autopsy: TSA officer shot 12 times in LAX attack

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TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez was shot to death and several others wounded by a gunman who went on a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, November 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hernandez Family)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy shows a security officer killed by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport had been shot 12 times.

The report released Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez had 40 bullet fragments in his body that were sent to the FBI.

Coroner’s officials said previously the 39-year-old Hernandez died between two and five minutes after being shot on Nov. 1 in Terminal 3.

Authorities say 23-year-old Paul Ciancia was targeting TSA officers in a vendetta against the federal government when he pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag and shot Hernandez.

Two other TSA employees and an airline passenger were wounded before airport police shot Ciancia, who has been charged with murder.

 

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