The man charged with fatally shooting a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month has been released from a hospital and transferred into the custody of federal marshals, officials say.
No court dates for 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia have been set yet, Laura Eimiller of the FBI’s Los Angeles bureau told Fox News.
Ciancia was shot several times by police who arrested him on Nov. 1. He was too sedated and incapacitated after the shooting to make an appearance before a judge, Reuters reports.
In court documents and interviews, authorities spelled out a chilling chain of events, saying Ciancia walked into the airport's Terminal 3, pulled the assault rifle from his duffel bag and fired repeatedly at 39-year-old TSA officer Gerardo I. Hernandez. He went up an escalator, turned back to see Hernandez move and returned to shoot him again, according to surveillance video reviewed by investigators.
He then fired on two other uniformed TSA employees and an airline passenger, who all were wounded, as he moved methodically through the security checkpoint to the passenger gate area before airport police shot him as panicked travelers hid in stores and restaurants.
It wasn't clear why Ciancia targeted TSA officers, but a letter he left behind indicated he was willing to kill any of them that crossed his path, authorities revealed.
The letter in his duffel bag refers to how Ciancia believed his constitutional rights were being violated by TSA searches and that he's a "pissed-off patriot" upset at former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.