Relatives of the gunman charged in last week's Los Angeles airport shooting are expressing sympathy to the family of the security officer who was killed.

Transportation Security Administration workers stand in front of the blocked off Terminal 3 entrance (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Paul Ciancia's prom picture (Twitter)

An attorney for the Pennsville family of 23-year-old Paul Ciancia said Monday that his relatives also are hoping for the recovery of the other victims and are sorry for the disruption caused travelers.

The lawyer, John Jordan, wouldn't take questions after giving a brief statement outside Pennsville's municipal building. He says the family is asking for privacy.

Reluctantly In The Spotlight

From the moment the gunman in Friday's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport was identified as Paul Ciancia from and the FBI and police arrived at his family's home Pennsville has reluctantly been in the national spotlight.The media has parked itself outside the long driveway leading to the Ciancia family's home awaiting comment that so far hasn't come. "The thing is... the family doesn't have any comment, nor should they have to give one," Hankins told the South Jersey Times.. "They just need their privacy right now. They are grieving for their son and the victims and their families as well."

Police Chief Allen Cummings saw the spotlight coming and said the first thing he did was get an officer to the Ciancia home right away. "I think the people in town feel for the family and they just want everyone to go away," Cummings told the Times.

He has taken the role as spokesman for both the family and the town. "I wanted to have information that was proper. Information so it was not blown out of proportion. I felt I am the chief of police, I am the face of the department so I would be the one who spoke."

Ciancia, meanwhile,  remains heavily sedated and under 24-hour armed guard at the hospital, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Sunday. The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the case and requested anonymity.

The 23-year-old  is facing charges of murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. The charges could qualify him for the death penalty. It was not immediately clear when he would make a first court appearance given his medical condition.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.