It was suggested in a recent report that fallen TSA agent Gerardo Hernadez was left lying on the ground for 33 minutes before he was taken to nearby paramedics after the LAX shooting Nov. 1.
The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner tonight states that it wouldn't have mattered: Hernandez died within 2 to 5 minutes of being shot, the department said in a statement.
That seems to settle the controversy. The Associated Press reported last week that an LAPD officer waved off possible help for Hernandez and LAX police chased after the alleged shooter.
However, a suspect was reported to have been nabbed within four minutes of the 9:20 a.m. attack.
So the claim still raises questions about why, if true, a cop blocked aid to the fallen TSA worker.
The report seems to pit LAX cops (or at least their union) against the LAPD: Both patrol the airport. The LAX chief, Pat Gannon, used to work at the LAPD. There have been rumblings in the past about having the airport department merge with its city sister, the L.A. police.
Gannon said soon after the shooting that his officers responded within 60 seconds, but testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security committee last week indicated the time was closer to four minutes.
But the AP report about an LAPD cop allegedly standing over Hernandez as he was perhaps still alive and in need of care — waving off others who wanted to bring him to paramedics in the name of safety, while an active shooter might still have been on the loose — took the spotlight.
Paul Ciancia, 23, from southern New Jersey, who reportedly had hatred for the federal government and the TSA, was arrested in connection with the attack, which also injured at least four others.