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Wounded survivor of deadly Los Angeles airport shooting says he crawled for his life

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    Lawyer John Jordan gives a statement on behalf of the father and siblings of Paul Ciancia on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Pennsville, N.J. Ciancia is accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, killing a Transportation Security Administration officer. (AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)The Associated Press

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    Transportation Security Administration officers ride an escalator past a memorial at Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport Monday, Nov 4, 2013. TSA Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez was killed and two officers and one civilian wounded in the shooting at Terminal 3 Friday, Nov. 1. Operations at the airport were back to normal Monday, the first business day since the attack. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)The Associated Press

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    In this Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 photo provided by his mother Judy Ludmer, Brian Ludmer, left, the Calabasas High School teacher who was wounded in the Los Angeles International Airport shootings on Nov. 1, 2013, is joined by Las Virgenes School District Superintendent Dan Steponosky in his room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Ludmer, the lone civilian wounded by gunfire that killed one Transportation Security Administration officer and wounded two others, received a severe leg injury that will require further surgery and a lengthy recovery period. (AP Photo/Judy Ludmer)The Associated Press

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    This photo provided by the Calabasas Courier, a student publication of Calabasas, Calif., High School, shows teacher Brian Ludmer in September, 2012. Ludmer, 29, was the lone civilian wounded by gunfire in the shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Ludmer remained in fair condition at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. Two other people suffered injuries trying to evade the gunman, but weren't shot. (AP Photo/Calabasas Courier)The Associated Press

A teacher wounded in the deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport says he crawled for his life and used a sweatshirt as a tourniquet in the moments after the attack began.

Brian Ludmer spoke Tuesday from a hospital bed. A bullet hit his calf and shattered a bone. Doctors say he'll recover.

The 29-year-old Ludmer was heading to Chicago for a friend's wedding and was at a security checkpoint when shots erupted downstairs.

Ludmer says he was hit and collapsed against a wall then scrambled into a storage room, where he found the sweatshirt.

Ludmer says he was afraid he would bleed to death or the gunman would finish him off. Police rescued him.

Ludmer says he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He calls the gunman sick and delusional.

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