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LAX Shooting Suspect Released From Hospital And In Federal Custody

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The charged gunman in the deadly LAX shooting rampage that left one TSA employee dead has been released from the hospital and is under federal custody.Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was released from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Monday, and has been taken under custody by the U.S. Marshals Service in a federal holding facility, according to KTLA. There was no mention of where he would be specifically placed.

Ciancia had been charged with the murder of a federal officer and the commission of violence at an international airport after he had fired off his assault rifle at Terminal 3 at LAX on Nov. 1. According to authorities, he had allegedly targeted TSA agents during his shooting spree and had written a note saying that he wanted to "instill fear in their traitorous minds." During his attack, he allegedly killed one TSA employee, Gerardo Hernandez, and wounded two other TSA agents and a civilian passenger.

Just a week ago on Nov. 12, Ciancia's health status had been upgraded from "critical" to "fair" condition at the hospital. He was being treated at the hospital for injuries sustained after police officers shot him four times, including once in the mouth, according to Associated Press.

LA Weekly reported that federal investigators were unable to get much out of Ciancia at the hospital as he was "heavily sedated" from his wounds, and now he has a public defender. If convicted, Ciancia faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

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