Family of TSA worker killed at LAX suing city

The family of a TSA screener killed at LAX last November is suing the city of Los Angeles for $25 million.

By Heather Records

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The family of a federal worker killed during a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last November is suing the city of Los Angeles for $25 million.

The lawsuit -- filed on Tuesday -- stems from the death of Gerardo Ismael Hernandez, a Transportation Security Administration officer shot 12 times at point-blank range inside Terminal 3.


Officials say 23-year-old Paul Ciancia used an assault rifle to kill Hernandez.

At the time of the incident, 13 people were shot -- seven people were treated on the scene for injuries and six were hospitalized.

Tuesday's lawsuit alleges there were security lapses and unreasonable delays in medical care when the shooting took place.

Michael Alder, the attorney for the officer's family said Los Angeles employees "failed in carrying out their duties, creating a very dangerous lapse in security which was a factor causing Mr. Hernandez to be fatally shot."

"Even more horrific is that the city's employees delayed medical care to Mr. Hernandez," he added.

In addition to the city of Los Angeles, the lawsuit also names the Los Angeles police and fire departments, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, Los Angeles World Airports -- which operates LAX -- and Los Angeles County as defendants.


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