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Grand Jury Indicts |LAX Shooter for Murder

(CN) - A federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment charging Paul Anthony Ciancia with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Transportation Security Administration Officer at Los Angeles International Airport, the Justice Department announced.

Ciancia has been charged with murdering Gerardo Hernandez during a shooting spree with a semiautomatic rifle at the airport November 1.

The indictment also charges Ciancia with attempted murder for shooting TSA Officers Tony Grigsby and James Speer' with using a rifle to commit acts of violence against persons at an international airport; one count of knowingly using a firearm to murder and cause death, and three counts alleging that he "knowingly carry, brandish, discharge and use a firearm" when he shot the three surviving victims."

The third survivor of incident is Brian Ludmer, a visitor to the airport who was wounded during the rampage.

Ciancia is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on December 26.

The two attempted-murder charges and each of the three charges based on violence against the surviving victims all carry a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The three counts alleging the use of a firearm each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years that would be served consecutively to any other sentences that are imposed.

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