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Authorities Investigate LAX Shooting

Aired July 6, 2002 - 12:06   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: The FBI and Los Angeles investigators are now searching for a motive in the deadly July 4 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. An Egyptian man living in the U.S. for 10 years opened fire at the El Al ticket counter. We get the latest on the investigation from CNN national correspondent Frank Buckley at LAX. And Frank, investigators say they need the public's help to learn a little more about the gunman. Are they getting any cooperation?

FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, so far we don't know how much information they've been able to develop from the public, but what they're trying to do is to try to paint a profile of this suspected shooter. His name is Hesham Mohamed Hadayet. They want a profile of this person so that they might help to establish that motive for the shooting that occurred here at the El Al ticket counter on July 4.

Right now what you have are flowers behind the counter, but as late as yesterday morning you could see the signage up behind this counter that -- at the El Al ticket counter -- and you got a better sense of the violence that occurred here. Bullet holes were still evident in the signs and behind the counter area. FBI agents say the man responsible was 41-year-old Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, who himself was shot dead by an El Al security agent.

FBI agents say Hadayet was in this country on a green card, that he was a licensed limo driver, that he had no known ties to any terrorist organizations and no criminal record. He was a married father of two. And neighbors in his Irvine, California apartment complex were stunned to hear that he was accused of killing two Israelis here at LAX.

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DAN DANILEWICZ, NEIGHBOR: And I'm shocked about this as anybody, because he was a quiet guy, they were a good family, they were a stable family. You know, they had been here for quite a while, and we've been here for quite a while. And a lot of the residents here have been here, but we've been here five years and they were here before we got here. So, you know, they were a stable factor.

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BUCKLEY: Police here in L.A. have beefed up an already heightened security presence at LAX for this Fourth of July holiday weekend. Everywhere you walk through this airport, you can see police officers. Local officials have been doing their best to reassure the public and the citizens that so far investigators say they've seen nothing to suggest that the shootings here were part of any broader conspiracy.

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MAYOR JAMES HAHN, LOS ANGELES: We want to emphasize that the FBI with LAPD is continuing to investigate this incident, continuing to collect information about the circumstances that led to this shooting. The FBI is continuing to describe this incident as an isolated incident, but the investigation still continues.

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BUCKLEY: And as we come back here live to the El Al ticket counter, these are flowers for Victoria Hen, the 25-year-old ticket agent who were killed here, and 46-year-old Yakov Aminov who was killed. He is a diamond importer here in Los Angeles. He was killed while dropping off friends. Funeral services are set for both of them for Sunday -- Fredricka.

WHITFIELD: Now, Frank, one of the first El Al flights to leave the Los Angeles area arrived in Tel Aviv earlier today. Is there another location in that airport where the El Al passengers are checking in?

BUCKLEY: Well, El Al does not operate a daily flight out of Los Angeles. And, in fact, this counter here is what's considered a shared space so that El Al may use it one day and another airline may use it another. So they haven't had a flight. Their next flight that will be leaving will be tomorrow, Sunday.

WHITFIELD: Got you. All right. Thanks very much. Frank Buckley, thank you very much. Appreciate it.

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