LAX Shooting Victims Slowly Begin to Recover

A 23-year-old man with a grudge against the TSA is accused in Friday's deadly LAX shooting that also wounded several others

By Jason Kandel
|  Monday, Nov 4, 2013  |  Updated 11:37 PM EDT
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A Southern California high school teacher wounded at Los Angeles International Airport in Friday's shooting rampage will have to undergo at least one more surgery on his leg, but he's been upgraded to good condition, officials said Monday.

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Brian Ludmer will also undergo extensive physical therapy, officials at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said Monday.

Ludmer, a teacher at Calabasas High School, was shot Friday during the attack that authorities say was carried out by a 23-year-old Paul Ciancia over a grudge against the Transportation Security Administration. The performing arts teacher managed to stanch the flow of blood with a makeshift tourniquet.

TSA Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez was killed in the shooting.

Operations at the airport were back to normal Monday, the first business day since the attack.

Another victim, James Speer, of Marina del Rey, told NBC4 Los Angeles on Monday that he was "feeling really lousy" and declined further comment.

The TSA, meanwhile, confirmed the identities of its agents who were injured in the incident as James Speer, 54, and Tony Grigsby, 36.

Both officers were at home recovering from their injuries. Speer joined the TSA in 2008. Grigsby joined the agency in 2004.

NBC4's Hetty Chang contributed to this report.

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