Posted: Nov 2, 2013 1:07 PM by MTN News
Updated: Nov 2, 2013 1:07 PM
The TSA confirmed Friday night the identity of the Transportation Security Officer killed Friday at Los Angeles International Airport as Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39.
CBS confirmed earlier Friday that the shooting victim had transferred from Montana to LAX.
Here is a TSA statement obtained by MTN News:
Date: November 1, 2013
To: All TSA Employees
From: John S. Pistole, Administrator
No words can explain the horror that we experienced today when a shooter took the life of a member of our family and injured two TSA officers at Los Angeles International Airport. Sadly, today marks the first incident where a TSA officer was killed in the line of duty. We can take some comfort knowing that the two injured officers are recovering from their wounds.
During the course of the day, many of you were involved in working under enormously stressful and emotional conditions. I thank you for you continued dedication to our mission, but more importantly, for your support for each other.
The pain we are feeling is not limited to the TSA family. I received a call not long ago from President Obama who not only shared with me his condolences, but also pledged his utmost support as together we recover from this tragedy. Other partners in the aviation, airport and security communities shared their condolences as well.
I will be traveling tomorrow to Los Angeles to meet with our injured employees and the family of our fallen comrade. I also will be spending time with the Los Angeles Airport TSA workforce.
Together, we will get through this. Our faith will guide us and our professionalism will ensure our ability to carry out our mission.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)