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Teacher Relied on "His Old Boy Scouts Training" at LAX

The teacher was upbeat and positive as he recovered from surgery the day after the shooting

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    A Calabasas teacher saved himself from death after being shot in the leg when a gunman opened fire inside of LAX. The teacher is recovering in a hospital after he thought quickly and slowed the bleeding with a makeshift tourniquet. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

    A Southern California performing arts teacher managed to keep himself alive with a makeshift tourniquet after being shot by a lone gunman who violently descended upon the Los Angeles International Airport.

    Brian Ludmer, 29, was recovering from surgery Saturday after being shot in the leg while trying to catch a flight to a friend’s wedding the day before.

    "He dragged himself to a nearby closet, closed the door and relied on his old Boy Scouts training to create a makeshift tourniquet to help slow the bleeding," said Dan Stepenosky, superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District.

    Ludmer waited inside the closet until he heard a police officer. He cracked the door open, saw it was a police officer and called for help.

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    The Southern California TSA officer who was shot and killed while on duty in LAX was the first to die in the line of duty. His wife says he took pride in his work and enjoyed meeting travelers from around the world every day on the job. He would have turned 40 years old next week. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

    "It’s kind of incomprehensible," Stepenosky said. "You go to the airport to go to a wedding ... and now he's in a hospital."

    Friends, family members and colleagues were by the hospital bedside of the Calabasas teacher.

    "He sounds great, given what he’s gone through," Stepenosky said. "He’s optimistic and upbeat, and he sounds exhausted."

    Ludmer was one of five people shot during the rampage, including one Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed.

    Police blame Friday's rampage on suspect Paul Anthony Ciancia, a 23-year-old New Jersey native, who opened fire at a TSA document checkpoint of Terminal 3 of the Bradley International Terminal.

    The FBI announced Saturday that federal prosecutors will file murder charges against Ciancia in connection with the shooting.

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