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they are not being treated just like anybody else would if they were to find themselves, you know, in the legal system, or do you believe, you know, he is being treated like everybody else in this case? >> you know, i'm not a lawyer. i can tell you if he does not end up in jail for this, there's going to be a lot of unhappy people. and it's going to be perceived as celebrity justice. so i think, you know, i can't tell you. historically, i think people get away with a lot of things before they go to jail. i think it's time for this man to be put in jail. >> oh, boy. all right. howard bragman, thanks so much. harsh. a lot of tough love. all right, howard. appreciate it. your insight. thank you. 3:00 on the east coast right now. noon out west. for those of you just joining us, welcome to the "newsroom." i'm fredericka whitfield. here are the top stories we're following. new information about a suspected shooter who terrorized passengers at l.a.x.
the fbi digging for a motive, looking into why they say paul ciancia shot three tsa agents, killing one. a strong turnout in boston. more than 1 million strong celebrating the red sox's big world series win. fans also paying tribute to the resilience of the marathon bombing survivors. and buckle up. an airline is putting a new spin on those preflight safety instructions. a major investigation under way at the los angeles international airport a day after a gunman burst in and killed a tsa officer. here's what we know today. tsa administrator john pistole is on his way to los angeles today. he is expected to meet with the family of killed tsa officer gerardo hernandez and others. right now l.a.x. is open, but no
flights are leaving from terminal 3 where the shooting happened. a tweet from the airport says people who left things in that terminal yesterday can now get them at the ticket counter. and we're also learning more about the suspected shooter, paul ciancia. according to a law enforcement official, he was carrying materials including an anti-tsa rant and a reference to a new world order. ciancia lived in l.a., but he is from new jersey. police have been at his family's home in pensville, new jersey. according to the police chief, the suspect sent text messages to his family yesterday, ranting about the government. >> basically, the text message was just a message to the little brother, and the way it was written, they had concern about it. that's when they brought it to our attention. >> the chief says officers informed police in los angeles, but then it was too late. from the moment the first shot rang out, it was chaos at l.a.x. cnn's dan simon reports on how it all happened and the personal
stories of the people who had to rupp for the ru runs for their lives. >> reporter: los angeles international airport. 9:20 a.m. local time. the fbi says 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia enters terminal 3, pulls a rifle from a bag, and opens fire. >> he proceeded up into the screening area where tsa screeners are and continues shooting and went past the screeners back into the airport itself. >> reporter: at the security checkpoint, tsa officers who are not armed are shot. one 39-year-old gerardo hernandez is killed. he is the first tsa officer to die in the line of duty. since the agency was established in 2001. authorities say after shooting his way through the security checkpoint, ciancia manages to make it all the way down this hallway. they say he is stopped by police in the food court area. hundreds run for their lives.
>> it was a complete panic. people were screaming. you know, i saw children crying. >> pure and utter mayhem. people were tripping over each other on the floor, bags everywhere, crying, screaming. >> everybody started, like, flying down the hallway, and they were just, like, jumping over chairs, jumping over people, hiding, and we were kind of trapped at the end of the terminal. >> reporter: trapped with no where else to escape, some passengers run onto the airport tarmac. others use anything they can to protect themselves. >> the first shot just, like, caught us off guard. the second shots went in, and then i just grabbed luggage, and i started making walls and walls out of luggages. and then i could just see the guy walking towards the escalator, and he's pointing down. >> reporter: after just hundreds of feet into the terminal, the gunman is shot by police, multiple times in the chest and lives. though the motive is still unclear, a federal law enforcement official says
investigators found information on the suspect, expressing anti-federal government sentiment and also anger at the tsa specifically. but what is clear, the gunman was intent on causing much more destruction. authorities say he had additional ammunition. >> there were more than 100 more rounds that could have literally killed everybody in that terminal. >> all right. thanks so much, dan simon. we're learning more information about the tsa at l.a.x. here's cnn's barbara starr for us live now in washington. barbara, you just finished talking with a former fbi profiler. what did she say about the suspected shooter, and what's going on with the tsa at l.a.x.? >> well, let's talk about the shooter first for a minute, fredericka. we've talked to a couple of people today who are expert in profiling these types of suspects, law enforcement community people. and what they're telling us is let's take a deep breath here. this may not really be solely about the tsa, that this shooter had a broader agenda, a broader
mistrust of government and antisocial behavior, if you will. i spoke to mary ellen o'toole, a former senior profiler for the fbi. and i want you to listen to what she had to say about whether this really is or is not about the tsa. >> my sense would be that he got into this through the internet as opposed to personal interactions with government agencies where he was treated impolitely or treated badly. and again, the thought process for someone who decides my life's not going well. i'm angry at everybody. i blame everybody for what's happened to me. that thinking process takes a long time to develop. it doesn't just happen two weeks before the incident. >> and one of the things they're pointing to is this terrible tragedy, shooting and killing the tsa officer and wounding other tsa personnel. but then he moves on.
he moves deeper into the airport. he could have stayed and very tragically shot at other very clearly marked tsa personnel, but he doesn't. he moves on. he moves into the airport. the feeling is that this is the kind of motivation and behavior that investigators are going to be looking at to try and figure out what exactly was going on in his mind. remember, this may be the closest someone with a weapon has gotten to an airline cockpit since 9/11 as he moved deeper into that airport, fredericka. >> and then barbara, have you been learning that there have been concerns about the tsa at l.a.x. up until this shooting yesterday? >> well, not that we've -- not that we've learned of yet. this issue is out there that dan simon has been referencing about armed police officers no longer being required to stand specifically at the tsa checkpoints. they're able to roam around a
little bit more, but they have to be within two minutes of being able to reach the checkpoint. the question in these cases always comes up, is there enough security? did security work appropriately during this incident? that will be a matter for investigators to look at. no indication yet that the tsa would be thinking about arming its personnel. that becomes a very expensive, very involved proposition, and they would still need plenty of people to monitor the rest of us. look at our bags. look at what's on our person as we go through these checkpoints. so nobody's yet talking about fundamental change. >> got it. all right. thank you so much. barbara starr in washington. let's move on to something very uplifting. that being this scene in boston today. the same place that also saw so much heartache following the boston marathon six months ago. today nearly 1 million people lined the streets to celebrate the red sox world series victory. during the parade, a player placed the world series trophy
on the marathon's finish line right there, then draped it in a team jersey that said "boston strong." tomorrow, tens of thousands of runners will pound the pavement in new york city at that marathon. alexandra steel has a look at the forecast. >> reporter: hi, fred. well, 45,000 people running in the new york marathon, and it will be a cold start tomorrow morning. 34 degree, kind of wake-up time. and then marathon, we're going to see 46 degrees by about 9:40, 10:40 in that period. we're going to see temperatures stay in the 40s and some very strong winds as well. so cold and breezy. we're going to see highs only at 49 for the afternoon. so a chilly marathon. fred? >> all right. alexandra steele, thanks so much. all the best to those who are going to be running. all right. back to boston next. our rachel nichols talks to one player about what does victory, the world series victory, mean to the people of boston and to the players?
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major developments this week in a case that cnn has been digging into for more than six months now. a u.s. attorney announced that he is launching a federal investigation into the death of 17-year-old kendrick johnson. johnson was found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at his high school in valdosta high school in january. an official said johnson suffocated after falling into the gym mat while reaching for his shoe. but his parents believe he was murdered. cnn's victor blackwell has been on top of the story. i asked him how federal investigators plan to move forward. >> the u.s. attorney says it's a combination, a review and an investigation. so he and the fbi, we'll be looking at the original investigation from local authorities. but also they're going to go out and conduct their own interviews. i spoke with a former fbi special agent. and he says they're going to treat this like a cold case in many ways, going out trying to fi find the people who were in the gym, around that gym and knew
the basic facts. so they'll create their own investigation as well. >> there are an awful lot of t inconsistencies, everything from deeming it accidental and then suddenly, okay, it looks like foul play was involved. and even the condition of kendrick's body. how will federal authorities go about that? does it appear as though there may be a sophisticated cover-up and that being part of the federal investigation? >> well, that's what the family believes. they believe that this was a cover-up, and we've reported that. we do not know because that statement from the u.s. attorney was very carefully written. what the specific impetus, what that one detail was that initiated the investigation. but we do know that there's a possibility that there could be another exhumation. in my conversations with a former fbi specialist, he says the there is the one from the state, the autopsy, and then the private autopsy. maybe the fbi lab will want their own autopsy. so a third to kind of find out which one of these is more in the right direction of what
actually happened. >> some of those things are long term. what's next immediately? >> what's next? the authorities, fbi, will be going into valdosta and starting to have conversations with the officials there, the investigators and the people in the community. we also know at the local level, we are expecting aen announcement from the coroner to decide if he will open an inquest which would gather a jury of six people. they would listen to testimony, look at evidence and determine if kendrick's death was an accident or homicide. if it's deemed homicide, it changes his death certificate, and that could start a parallel local investigation to find the person responsible. >> victor blackwell, thanks so much. keep us posted on this. >> sure will. president obama hits the campaign trail this weekend. not for himself but for an old friend. but with all the obama care problems and criticism of the white house lately, is the president an asset or a liability? we'll talk to some experts next. i'm tony siragusa and i'm training guys who leak a little,
president obama has put in place new people and set a new deadline to get obama care on track. they've got 28 days to meet the november 30th target to fix all the problems that people have been facing to sign up for health care. but what does this say about the leadership at the white house and the president's legacy? mark lamont hill is a cnn political analyst and professor at columbia university. he is in new york. good to see you. and mercedes is a former spokeswoman for president george w. bush. thanks so much for being with us. >> thank you for having us. >> okay. so the president says he is responsible for getting the website working efficiently. that as we now learn only six people enrolled on the first day. so, you know, i wonder, mercedes, do you think the president knew that before he said he'll get it done? >> well, you know, we don't
know. at this point, what we do know is that obviously this has been an embarrassing week for the president. the president is trying to make ground in terms of explaining why the launch was so dysfunctional, so messy. and the fact that he said he didn't know about the site. but it doesn't make sense when you think that it's his most important legislative accomplishment and really part of his legacy and the fact that he wouldn't test drive it before it would go out to the public. so, again, i think it's very disappointing to see what has happened with the president and him really being the lead along with secretary sebelius to make sure that the system was ready october 1st, ready to take on the massive volumes, the 4.7 million people that viewed it the first day. that's just, i think, an embarrassment for the president. >> it really is a terrible embarrassment. i think everybody would agree on that one. do you think the white house is seriously worried about the real feasibility of the president's law working at all? not just in time, you know, for
these deadlines, but just period? >> absolutely. first of all, everyone can see that this is an extraordinary embarrassment. i do not concede that the president knew. you know, he's not the webmaster in chief. there are people under him whose job it is to make this work. the buck stops with him, but i doubt that he moved it and still moved forward at the same pace and speed. as far as it being a sort of referendum on health care itself, no, i strongly disagree. obama care cannot be reduced to the website. and in many ways it already has been successful. all the people who were not in the health caroline who are in it now, it's been successful for them. all the people with preexisting conditions who get covered, it's successful for them. even the people who have been forced to take new plans that are now cheaper and actually fit consumer protection standards, it's better and functional for them. so obama care is working in many ways, but this website is a mess. the obama administration has to get it right by 30th. but i think they will. but i think it's extremely slippery logic to think ha somehow the website didn't work for the first 30 days or first
few weeks that obama doesn't doesn't work. if the website had worked perfectly, would the right be suddenly saying obama care makes sense? universal health care is a good idea. of course not. >> you think this makes it easy. the fight -- >> yeah. >> -- on whether this health care plan really has merit has just been made easy for the naysayers? >> low-hanging fruit. >> so let's talk about legacy, then. the president's legacy is defined in large part likely by this health care effort. and that's whether it's effective or not. so mercedes, is this white house, in your view, in trouble? >> yeah, absolutely. just this week he made the oversimplified statement to try and defend his oversimplified statement that if you like your health care, can you keep it. well, in fact, 10 million people are likely to lose their health care. the ones that they picked. and he called it quote, unquote, substandard plans. well, for many of these people who did the research, they really thought that this was the best plan for their family says.
so again, this simplified statement of not necessarily being -- i don't know if it's a misleading statement. i think it's so discouraging for so many americans who really picked their individual health care because they really thought it was the best fit for their family. so, again, he's running into not only the website problems but the credibility problems which i think is impacting him personally. i mean, you look at the approval numbers. it's the lowest it's been. the nbc/"wall street journal" poll had him at 42% approval. i think this is hurting him personally. i think that he is having problems also with how his team is functioning. obviously there's divisions going on between the policy team and the political team in terms of decisions that were made and how he was rolling out his oversimplified statement, if you like, the health care plan, you can keep it. >> mark, you see that approval rating. it has dipped dangerously low. >> it's hovered in the 40s for months, though. it's not as if he was in the 80s.
>> for a lot of reasons. >> especially this, you know, website health care debacle start-up, that this is, indeed, impacting his legacy overall, mark? >> of course. but i don't think it impacts the long-term legacy. i don't think -- i mean, two months ago people would have said, this syria thing is going to tanlt the presidency. no one's talking about syria. you know, six months ago they would have said nothing else. we are in a 24-hour news cycle. and then later on down the line it's not. that's not to say obama care won't be an index of obama's effectiveness. in three months no one will be talking about the website. i have to refute this idea that president obama was dishonest when he said if you want this policy, you can keep it. under the grandfather clause, people can keep them. the people that can't keep them are getting policies that are cheaper and better. there is something called a consumer protection. there are certain states that we don't allow people to have whether it's food, fuel efficiency, weather, housing. there are certain standards that we don't allow people to live
under. in this case many people had policies where they're paying 150 bucks a month, but they had $5,000 deductibles and could only see a doctor once or twice a year. >> but it's their choice. and again, we're leading to higher premiums and the fact that these policies are being canceled and people really believed the president when he said you can keep your health care plan, which is obviously not the case. >> all right. we'll leave it there. marc and mercedes, we'll have you back. appreciate it. >> great. thank you. you know parts unknown. tomorrow another edition of "parts unknown" with anthony bau bourdain. he'll be visiting tokyo. and i got a chance to visit with him about his very unique tokyo experience. >> well, i should tell you, fred, we'll probably be using a parental advisory on that episode. >> really? >> i've long been fascinated by the sort of subterranean repressed -- what seemed to nus
in the west sexuality obsessions in japan and to draw a line between the sort of fetishism and anime and otaku or nerd culture, to draw a direct line between that and the really incredible excellence in food. it is, to put this delicately, it is a detail-oriented country. often with a very tight focus. i think we try to draw a direct line from their sex lives to the excellence of their food. >> what's the next country that you want stamped in your passport and you want to take us along with you? >> i'd like to see iran very much. i've heard extraordinary things. i've heard, you know, nice peop people. a government that can have varying opinions on their policies as well, dodgy times, but i hear the food's awesome. and i would like to -- it's a place i'd like to learn about.
i guess that's as simple as i could put it. it's a place i know very little about. it's a place about which many things have been said. i'd like to -- i'd like to see for myself. >> i think many of us would like to go along with you by way of your "parts unknown." so when that happens, we'll be along for the ride as well. anthony bourdain, thanks so much. congrats on yet another season. anthony bourdain. so perhaps iran next, but for now it's tokyo tomorrow. anthony bourdain's "parts unknown" 9:00 eastern. if you're tired of listening to safety instructions on flights, you might welcome a new safety video on virgin atlantic flights. includes singing flight staff, a tween rapper and all the usual safety messages, but all set to music. let's watch together. ♪ itf the cabin pressure's changing ♪ ♪ you know that we won't be leaving you hanging ♪
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show" host, johnny carson. his former lawyer and longtime confidante, henry bushkin, dishes on carson in a new tell-all book, even calling the late-night star cold. here's nischelle turner. >> reporter: hey, fred. you know, millions of people watched johnny carson during his three-decade run on "the tonight show," but he was a really private man. and not many folks got to know what he was really like off camera. that is all about to change because one of carson's closest associates has written a new best-selling book that's pulled back the curtain on the late-night king's private life. >> here's johnny! >> reporter: and here's a side of johnny you may not have seen before, thanks to longtime lawyer and confidante, henry bushkin. >> johnny off screen was not the guy on television. >> reporter: according to him, he was far edgier. >> he self-described himself as having an unhappy personality.
so you dealt with it. and you cheered him up as best you can. >> reporter: the carson described in the book is sometimes cold and cruel. a moody guy with deep mommy issues and unable to express love because of them. >> anybody who knew him knew that at the root of it was his mother because she was what i describe as midwestern gothic, cold, aloof. the complete inability to give affection or give compliments. and so that -- that fed down to johnny. >> reporter: the memoir is filled with juicy stories. like the time a gun-toting carson broke into the apartment his wife was using for her affair with football great frank gifford. or when johnny had to go into hiding after angering a new york mobster. >> in the late '60s he and ed mcmahon were out practically every night after the show, drinking, pretty well hanging out at a place called jilly's.
and one night johnny tried to pick up the wrong young lady who happened to be the wife of a well-known mob figure at the time. that led to johnny getting spirited out of the place. and the husband coming into the joint several minutes later, actually. and johnny hid out at home for three days until nbc got the boys to call the hit off, if you will. >> reporter: bushkin who had a falling out with carson in the '80s knows some fans will consider his account a betrayal of the friendship. >> if you consider it a betrayal to learn how he was and how i was and how life was and how television was and how las vegas -- fine. feel that i've betrayed him, but i'm not betraying him. i'm just telling you what happened. whatever i've said doesn't take away his genius.
>> yeah, genius indeed. carson still considered one of the best, if not the best late-night host ever. bushkin says he hopes the book will renew interest in john know, especially with younger audiences. fred? >> all right. thanks so much, nischelle turner. this weekend, 47 million americans will be struggling to eat. the government has cut the federal food stamp program, and now food banks are worried that they may not be able to fill the gap. we'll talk with the head of the new york food bank coming up. but first, driving 200 miles per hour, well, it's not easy, especially just a few inches there other cars. but one driver has to deal with a little bit more. here's dr. sanjay gupta introducing us to a young man whose life has changed dramatically in this week's "human factor." >> green, green, green. >> reporter: 20-year-old ryan reid is living his dream. >> i've been a race car driver
since i was 4 years old. >> reporter: he was just 17 when one of nascar's top drivers recruited him for his development team. >> it was just like everything was falling into place in my life, and nothing could stop me. >> reporter: but something did. >> i remember being thirsty a lot. i was using the bathroom extremely frequently, losing a lot of weight. >> reporter: one of the first things his doctors checked, his blood sugar. reed was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. >> no, ryan, you'll never race again. >> reporter: reed found a doctor willing to help him get back on the track. there had been adjustments. a new diet, sensor has been wired into his abdomen that transmits his readings. there's a continuous glucose monitor mounted to the dash inside his race car. that allows him to check his blud sugar during the race. and his fire suit now sports a bull's-eye. >> we have a guy trained on the pity crew to reach into the window to give me an insulin shot should i need it.
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this is cnn breaking news. >> welcome back to the "newsroom." new pictures reet now to share with you from terminal three at l.a.x. one day after the deadly shooting. there are tarps up as far as we know right now what appears to be the security checkpoint where the tsa officer was killed. there's also crime scene still across the door, crime scene tape and placards up on the doors. the airport is open but no flights are leaving from terminal three and people have also been picking up their bags that they left behind when they evacuated yesterday. terminal three is open for people to come pick up their belongings that may have been left yesterday but no flights in and out of terminal three as yet. millions of americans who depend on food stamps are having to go with less. the government has cut $5 billion from the program, and that means those who get
assistance will get about $35 less per month. so, will food banks be able to fill the gap left by this federal cut? we're joined now by margaret pervis the president and ceo of the food bank of new york city. good to see you. >> hi, fredricka. >> well, do you feel like you're going to be able to keep up with the demand especially as we enter, you know, the cold months when is usually when a lot of food banks see more people in greater need? >> absolutely. no is the simple answer. you know, $5 billion in cuts actually represents the national budget for all charities involved in ending hunger across the country. it is not possible to make it up. what we are trying to do obviously is at least try to make sure that this thanksgiving is not as bad as it's basically been designed to be. >> well, how do you do that? >> well, we've made sure that
we've reached out to all of our soup kitchens and pantries to have them expect a longer line. many of them have already made decisions related to, you know, we try to do turkeys, you know, thanksgiving is just like every other day that we try to make sure has dignity and try to hope that poverty doesn't steal the last part of it, but this year not as many turkeys, people are doing things like roasters and doing more fillings and maybe not doing as much protein so we can have more to stretch to more families. >> oh. so the federal money that ran out yesterday was part of the stimulus money from 2009. congress hasn't replaced it, nor does it look like it might happen. so, can you find of put in terms for us what do these food stamps mean for people? and if they are unable to get the food stamp equivalent to, you know, over $30 a month, or at least $30 less they're going to be getting this month, give us an idea of what people are
able to count on from food banks such as yours, and who some of these people are. because i think people don't have a really clear picture of who some ben faefactors of food banks are. >> that's an excellent question, fredricka. a lot of them are children. 80% of people who receive food stamps are women and children, whether they be women who are the moth hadders of children or women who are seniors. but i want to be clear about something when we talk about the beneficiaries. you know, the $5 billion would be those people i just described. but we must be clear. $5 billion in food stamps has a multiplier effect. meaning that the way it shows up inside communities is more like $10 billion. so, grocery store call food stamps revenue.
farmers call food stamps income. and more than 60,000 people call these cuts or maybe used to call these cuts jobs. so, be clear, there are actually way more beneficiaries who are not receiving s.n.a.p. than the actual 47 million. i don't think that we've actually really called this out the way it should have been. >> so, while $47 million is a huge number you are telling us we need to multiply it a few times because the number, the impact is even greater. well, of course, we're going to wish you the best as you try to tackle this. we know an awful lot of people are counting on you and of other food banks across the country, and it also means that this season of giving is even bigger. you're going to need -- >> absolutely. >> -- and rely on a whole lot more people who are going to be willing to make donations to so many people still in need. margaret puvis, thank you very much. here's a question for you.
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allegations that the nsa was spying on the german chancellor angela merkel, and we asked who could have authorized such a mission? >> the revelations about the nsa spying have embarrassed washington but who is responsible? i had a chance to speak with someone who actually ran the nsa as well as the cia. michael hayden. listen in. i asked him who could give the order to spy on the leader of a friendly country. >> what you get are very
specific intelligence requirements from our national command authority, and they are laid out to the intelligence community and then the intelligence community goes forward and lays out a collection plan the best way to get that very needed information. occasionally, fareed, occasionally, what you have is political guidance kind of being placed on top of your operational planning. i had political guidance while i was director of nsa. i had targets. i had legitimate needs, but i was told frankly back off, that target's too sensitive. i don't want you doing that at this time for this purpose. >> does that mean that somebody in the white house very high up would have had to say in 2002, so this is the george w. bush white house, somebody would have had to say, it is okay to spy on the chancellor of germany, that the nsa would not have done that without such authorization? >> no. and i don't want to talk about anything specific, fareed.
i'm just not able to do that. but i would say that the political guidance was very often by exception. but there was a broad understanding that of the things you were being tasked to do, you would be led to certain kinds of activities. >> so, you see, hayden, was very frank. you'll have to watch my show to ga catch it all, fredricka. >> we'll be watching, 10:00 a.m. eastern time. that's so much, fareed. that will do it for me, i'm fredricka whitfield. much more of the "newsroom" straight ahead with don lemon in new york. so, don, you are talking about lying today, huh? >> i don't know what you're talking about. that's something i never do. no lie, i never lie, ever. no, i'm serious. i never lie. >> okay. >> yeah. >> okay! >> and that's the truth. >> i'll leave it at that. i wouldn't dare challenge you with something like that on the air, my buddy. >> i'll see you tomorrow. >> all right. have a good one.
hello, everyone. you're in the "newsroom." i'm don lemon. thank you so much for joining us. top of the hour and we'll get to los angeles live we're awaiting a press comment there. in moments we'll bring it to you. in los angeles troubling clues are emerging one day after a gunman opened fire at l.a.x. killing a tsa officer and bringing chaos to one of the world's busiest airports. a source tells cnn the suspect 23-year-old paul ciancia had a note with an anti-tsa rant and the note reflected his fear of an ominous new world order. kcal and ccbs got this video and it appears to show the suspect handcuffed to the stretcher. cnn cannot independently confirm who it is. but we had video inside the airport moments after the shots were fired and you can hear for police screaming for people to
get down. >> on the floor! on the floor now! on the floor! >> bags abandoned. so now stranded passengers are reclaiming bags abandoned in the panic and we're covering every angle of this story for you. kyung lah is live in l.a.x. and chris lawrence is near the suspect's home in new jersey and barbara starr live for us in washington. first we're going to get to kyung lah. right now the tsa chief is headed to los angeles to meet with the fbi and the grieving family of the officer hernandez, so, tell me, how is l.a.x. honoring this fallen tsa officer? >> reporter: well, the first thing you'll notice especially if you come at night because it will be more visible at night but when you enter the gates of los angeles, of leak.a.x., ther are 100-foot pylons and those until thursday will be fighting
up the light sky blue for the tsa colors. that's the first way. when you go in to check in, what you'll see is that the tsa officers if you look at their badges, almost every single one of them has a black band over it. the reason why this is so significant is these are semi, quasi-law enforcement jobs. many of these folks are former military, but also there are civilians in the mix here. this is shaking them to the core, don, so this for them is certainly reminding them what they put at stake here every day, don. >> i need to get to the press conference. we'll get back to you in just moments. stand by. let's listen in. >> -- found impacting approximately 3,400 passengers. now, passengers are checking in at t-3 now. the jetblue and frontier operations are actually operating at terminal three. the virgin american operations are operating out of the tom
bradley terminal or the remote gates. airline staff is taking them to their respective gates. t-3 airlines are operating at the two adjacent terminals as i mentioned. jetblue's flights for today are likely to be operating out of long beach airport. we expect them to return back to l.a.x. this evening. now, passengers who abandoned personal belongings during yesterday's evacuation of t-3 should work with their airline to claim everything that they left behind at terminal 3. we greatly appreciate the public's patience during this. most of the terminals are reporting that they are having normal operations, just very, very busy. we know the security screening
checkpoints are operating normally, but there is a very large demand. so, once again, thank you for everyone's patience. i know there are questions for chief gannon, so i would like to bring up our chief of airport police, patrick gannon. >> thank you, gina marie. good afternoon, everybody. trying day yesterday for everybody involved. and as we mentioned yesterday, we'll mention again, that our hearts go out to the tsa officer that was shot and killed yesterday. that's a tragic event and to those others that were also injured. in our attempt to try and to ensure that we keep security posture here that's high for the foreseeable future, i'd like to thank and continually thank our partners that came yesterday. obviously from the los angeles
police department, california highway patrol, los angeles county sheriff's department, hawthorne police department, el segundo, all of our surrounding agencies that came very quickly to help us out. again, today in the enhanced deployment for the los angeles world airport, also in addition to our airport police officers who are here every day obviously, los angeles police department has committed additional resources. this morning i met with the federal air marshals and they are providing additional resources for us. and every agency in the surrounding area that offered resources to us if they are needed, and i'm very, very grateful for that. our whole posture for security is high profile. we have a security strategy that we employ every single day. obviously today and for the foreseeable future we'll continue a very high profile at the curbs and anywhere in those
ticketing areas and anywhere on our campuses. as i talked about a little bit yesterday or i said yesterday about how proud i am of the airport police officers who responded to this incident, this did not hesitate for one moment and confronted an armed and dangerous individual. some people have asked about how those officers are doing, and i want to report to you that they're doing well. to say that this wasn't a traumatic incident for them, i would be lying then because it absolutely -- it absolutely was. but they handled it with the utmost professionalism throughout the night as they cooperated and helped with the investigation and interviews. they were here to the wee hours of the morning to help the investigators with what they saw. i also want to emphasize one
point also. when the tsa officer was shot and part of our responding officer, some of our responding officers obviously went downrange looking for the suspect. but additional officers began to treat the wounded officer. they performed first aid on this officer. we all carry trauma kits with -- that we're assigned to that can handle open wounds and chest wounds and things like that. they brought out that trauma kit. they worked very hard to try to help this individual until paramedics could get there to help, arrived on scene, and put him in a wheelchair and transported him to the medical -- to the ambulance down the arrival level on the
upper -- on the upper level. these officers went way beyond what we would normally do. i mean, they were absolutely committed to trying to save a life. unfortunately, that didn't work out in that case, but every attempt was made to help save that life. just a few weeks ago actually on october 5th and 6th, i talked about it before, we held a large scale training exercise out on ontario at a facility out there, an old hangar -- not a hangar but a terminal. i can't believe i can't say that word right now. an old terminal out there, to actually practice this type of an event. when we look at how we're going to respond to things and things that have occurred over the last -- not that far when you think about what happened in kenya, nairobi, kenya, and you think about what happened at the
washington naval yard, sandy hook elementary school. it doesn't take much to want to be prepared and ready to handle an incident if it were to occur in our own backyard. and so we trained up over 200 of our own officers and almost 200 officers from the los angeles police department in enhanced training to enhance the training that they'd already received on this. and i can't tell you how many people, how many officers, have stopped me both today and yesterday to express how grateful they are that that training occurred. and so that training was provided not only by our officers who are trained and certified in that but also with the help of the los angeles police department. so, great cooperation here at this airport to ensure the safety of everybody. and so i just really want to end by once again saying how sorry we are that somebody -- that people had to be hurt in this incident, but we're confident that we're trying to do
everything we possibly can do to keep this airport safe. thank you. >> thank you, chief. l.a.x. is part of a broad community. nothing happens here without great partnerships. people come from far away that use our airport every day, but we are very fortunate to reside in council district seven, west chesser playa del rey, i want to introduce and welcome to the podium councilman mike lerner. >> good afternoon, everybody. i'm the council member that represents the airport and the surrounding communities. yesterday morning shortly after 9:30, one guy, a single man with a gun, demonstrated the worst of human nature. and all throughout the rest of yesterday and today tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated the best of human nature. our first responders, our
airport employees, our civil servants, and the passengers who were traveling through here yesterday and today. all demonstrated that in a pinch, in a crisis, in a tragedy, when challenged, los angeles is ready and knows how to respond, and this is one tough town. barely 24 hours after this happened, terminal three was partially opened. less than 30 hours after this incident this airport is going to be fully functional. that is a remarkable achievement. that is unheard of. the work that los angeles airports has done in order to make everything come back to normal in so short a time is nothing short of miraculous. and it parallels the kind of work that we saw by the los angeles police -- the los angeles airport police force yesterday and again today. the fact that they disabled this
assailant within minutes was actually remarkable and saved untold lives. i am absolutely confident that when we analyze this event after the fact, we're going to see that what the police force did yesterday is absolutely textbook. we had great work by our first responders, but we also had great work by our second and third responders. we had cooperation yesterday from the los angeles emergency management department, from the red cross, from l.a. county mental health, from the l.a. city department of disabilities, from the city's recreation and parks department, from the mayor's office of homeland security, the county sheriff, highway patrol, los angeles d.o.t., the los angeles convention and visitors bureau and los angeles metro. everybody came together yesterday to show that los angeles is ready in a crisis, thank you. >> thank you, councilman. and i am very proud to say that -- >> we're watching a news conference now taking place in
los angeles. they're updating the situation that happened yesterday, the horrific situation, one person lost their lives. you see they are applauding the officers that helped out there. there are still lots of questions there. you heard the councilman said we are prepared, we are prepared, in a situation like this. the question is, though, how did this gunman, this lone gunman, get into the airport and wreak so much havoc on the airport. where were the other armed officers here? our barbara starr is going to join us on the other side of the break and talk a little bit more about that and also talking about the suspect will be chris lawrence who is at the suspect's hometown in new jersey and our kyung lah live at l.a.x. we're going to continue to monitor this press conference for you. if any more news comes out of it, we'll bring that to you. but on the other side of the break, how did this happen and what might change of in light of this? [ male announcer ] crabfest ends soon,
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starr is in washington monitoring details there from the pentagon. barbara, my question to you, you heard the press conference there where they're saying we're prepared, we're prepared. how did this gunman get all the way to security? where were the other armed guards? >> well, this is going to be the key question for the investigation by all accounts, don. you know, what we now know but we don't have really a full explanation of why is that armed officers at some point in the past had been moved away from those tsa checkpoints. some say that the officers had said it was a boring assignment, they needed to do more, the tsa says the officers perhaps weren't paying enough attention, all of this being reported by our dan simon in los angeles. so, there's a question could they really respond within still the required two minutes to that crisis point. that's going to be something clearly that will be looked at. because when you look at a diagram of the terminal, you see exactly what you are talking about.
the shooter goes through the checkpoint and then moves down this long passageway towards the food court. so, how does he move all this way and not get stopped by anyone else -- by any other law enforcement. what we did learn at this press conference that's just concluded, they tell us that law enforcement responded very quickly and did chase him, if you will, down that passageway. and while they were going after him, other officers arriving at the scene of the downed tsa personnel and rendering extraordinary assistance to the mortally wounded tsa officer using their emergency first aid packs, anything they could, to try and save him until paramedics could arrive in the middle of all of this, even putting him into an airport wheelchair and trying to get him out of there and get him to an ambulance as fast as possible. of course, sadly, tragically, we know that man lost his life.
but it does go to the really heroic response of law enforcement still there will be a lot of questions about all of this and whether any changes are needed in the tsa and law enforcement posture. >> yeah. and i want to -- let's see. i do want chris? stand by, barbara. do i want chris or kyung lah or chris? let's get to kyung. i go through that airport a lot, there's very little buffer between the street and security at l.a.x., you go right up the steps and right at security. same thing at laguardia, you're right off the curb and right at security. in atlanta you've got a big buffer between the curb and the security checkpoint. what are they looking in to to try to mitigate that, something from happening again? >> reporter: well, the terminal is just reopened and i was actually standing outside the doorway from the sidewalk where you are dropped off, don, it is maybe 12 steps before you get to
the spot where the tsa officer was shot. and then once that weapon is out and he is firing, it's very easy to move on in. so, i think the question is going to be an infrastructure question. do those spots need a change. because literally it is 12 spots. you are absolutely right. the way l.a.x. is built, you drop your luggage, you walk right in and the tsa officer is there right beyond the door. >> yeah. kyung, stand by. chris lawrence in new jersey, we're going to get to you because we want to find out more about the suspect, but, chris, i'll do it other side of the break because of that press conference i've got to get a break in and we'll go to our chris lawrence in new jersey to find out about this guy. has never been our priority. our priority is, was and always will be serving you, the american people. so we improved priority mail flat rate to give you a more reliable way to ship. now with tracking up to eleven scans, specified delivery dates, and free insurance up to $50
someone in this country dies from a prescription drug overdose and the question we're answering, could a simple medication be an antidote to that prescription drug overdose epidemic? join us, find out at the bottom of the hour. okay. we are following some breaking news here on cnn. we just watched a press conference out of los angeles with new updates after yesterday's rampage at l.a.x., the sixth busiest airport in our nation. we want to find out now more about the suspect here. his name is paul ciancia, chris lawrence is standing by at the suspect's home, and he is in new jersey, in pensville, new jersey, as a matter of fact, in his hometown. what are we learning about this man, this young man, as a matter of fact? >> reporter: well, don, i can tell you right now, i mean, his fam i had pretty much is sad, overwhelmed and more than a little bit confused. they are telling the police that they just did not see this coming. the family is saying that, number one, they didn't know he had a rifle. they're saying he didn't have
any history of mental health issues, and they say that paul ciancia was back here at home over the summer for a wedding and at that time everything seemed fine. >> what is the state of mind of the family members? >> obviously, you know, they're upset. it's a shock to them and to our community. at this point right now, you know, this is -- the fbi in california and the fbi here in new jersey, they're working together as a team, and they're going to, you know, turn every stone over and try to find out what happened and why it happened. >> reporter: one of the things that's going to make that difficult is we found out talking to people he just was not that close to a lot of people outside his family. you talk to young people in this area and they will tell you, he mostly kept to himself and was very quiet, don? >> chris, he moved to los angeles 18 months ago from new jersey. to do what? >> reporter: that's the key. we don't know yet.
but i think that's the key, don. 18 months ago, that's not all that long. he lived his entire life right here. he grew up here, went to school right over the bridge in delaware at an all-boys private catholic school. but it's still very hard to find friends who knew him well and were close to him. >> all right. all right, chris lawrence in new jersey, chris, thank you very much for that. at the top of the hour we'll have the very latest on that shooting at the los angeles airport. right now i want you to stay tuned for "dr. sanjay gupta." we'll be back live at the top of the hour. [ male announcer ] pepcid® presents: the burns family bbq.
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