November 4th, 2013
07:02 AM ET

Woman Reveals New Details About LAX Shooter

Days before Paul Ciancia's murderous rampage at LAX, one woman who knows the alleged gunman and his three roommates says Ciancia was already plotting his crime, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

Woman: He asked one of the roommates if you could have a ride to the airport.

Miguel: Why did he need a ride?

Woman: He said he was going back home. He said his dad was sick and he had to go help take care of him.

MM: Did anyone see a ticket?

Woman: No. He also didn't tell him what day he needed to leave.

She says Ciancia rarely left his San Fernando Valley apartment since moving there in January. Describing him as socially awkward and a heavy smoker, he always paid his rent on time and appeared to make money trading online. The day he put his alleged plan into action, she says, took his roommate by surprise.

Ciancia's roommates believe he texted family members in New Jersey, telling them he was going to commit suicide.

That alarmed Ciancia's father enough to call Pennsville Police Chief Allen Cummings. Cummings, in turn, called Los Angeles police and asked them to check on Ciancia.

Perhaps 45 minutes after Ciancia left for the airport, officers arrived at his apartment, said Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The two roommates at home did not know where Ciancia and the other roommate had gone.

Woman: At this moment as they are seeing this on the TV, their third roommate comes back and he said "Oh I just dropped off Paul at LAX, he had to go home."

And they just knew and said "I think you just dropped off Paul to a shooting."

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge weighed in on "New Day" Monday telling CNN's Chris Cuomo he wants to see more coverage on gun violence so these larger instances will stop.

"In this instance, it appears to be a troubled young man with an anti-government point of view, that's the motive here, but what are the motives in the other 11 or 12,000 homicides every year," Ridge said.


Tom and Michelle Lagos were in the terminal when the shooting at the Los Angeles airport began. Tom tells CNN's Kate Bolduan how he was separated from his wife when other passengers came running towards him.

"We had been waiting around at our terminal for our flight to New York that had been delayed a couple hours and I had decided to go get a cup of coffee. I was walking back towards my wife who had been taking a nap, and that’s when I noticed a stampede of people rushing our direction, towards the gates. So I reacted the same way… I ran over towards my wife and said let’s get down, let’s get down.”

Both husband and wife escaped through a door leading to the tarmac and were OK. They flew to New York where Michelle completed the New York City Marathon Sunday.

Posted by ,
Filed under: News • Videos
soundoff (No Responses)

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.