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Reports: Gunman Opens Fire At LAX, Kills TSA Agent [UPDATED]
Shots have been fired inside a terminal at LAX and at least two people have been injured, according to initial news reports.
The shots rang out around 9:20 a.m. and witnesses told NBC Los Angeles that a man armed with something that looked like a rifle opened fire.
KTLA is reporting that a 45-year-old male was taken to the hospital, a 29-year-old male shot in leg and a third victim had a strained ankle.
The New York Post is reporting that one of those injured was a TSA employee:
Reports of a TSA employee shot at LAX; area evacuated http://t.co/q7prmdxvmq pic.twitter.com/NnJ2vXtTbI— New York Post (@nypost) November 1, 2013
The Los Angeles Fire Department set up a triage center, and passengers are being evacuated from Terminal 3 where the shooting happened:
BREAKING PIC: from eyewitness @jforstrom: At #lax. Just had to run onto runway because of shooting in terminal 2 pic.twitter.com/SbJyKrK8iV— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) November 1, 2013
Century Boulevard has been shut down, and traffic going into the airport is at a standstill.
UPDATE: We have a new post about the alleged shooter: What We Know So Far About The Alleged LAX Shooter
UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Tim Kauffman, the spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 45,000 TSA screeners, confirms earlier reports that the LAX shooter was not a TSA agent, according to the Associated Press.
UPDATE 1:20 p.m.: Sources are telling the Los Angeles Times that the gunman is critically injured. Earlier the newspaper as well as NBC reported that the gunman had been killed (see below).
UPDATE 1:00 p.m.: NBC is reporting that gunman has been identified as a local:
#BREAKING: Feds ID gunman as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, of Los Angeles, NBC News reports. Details on NBC LA app http://t.co/kJSPNTRpsr— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) November 1, 2013
UPDATE 12:50 p.m.: The coroner's office is confirming that a man in his 40's was killed as a result of the shooting at LAX, but it is not releasing any other details about the man.
Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed with the Associated Press that a TSA officer was killed in the shooting at LAX. His info comes from local officials.
UPDATE 12:25 p.m.: Now law enforcement sources are telling the Los Angeles Times that earlier reports were incorrect and gunman had never worked for the TSA:
federal source telling us LAX shooter not TSA employee.— Richard Winton (@LAcrimes) November 1, 2013
UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: Patrick Gannon, the chief of airport police, said at a press conference that the gunman pulled an assault rifle out of a bag, began to open fired in the terminal and shot his way through a screening area. He was able to make it pretty far into the airport. Police tracked the gunman through the airport, "engaged him in gunfire" and were able to "successfully take him into custody." Gannon said that the believe that the gunman acted alone and was "the only person that was armed in this incident." Gannon didn't answer questions about the gunman's motive, whether he was a TSA agent or the status of the gunman.
Jim Featherstone, the new interim fire chief, said at the press conference that the LAFD treated seven patients and transported six to the hospital. No fatalities were confirmed.
UPDATE 11:45 a.m.: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the gunman was fatally shot by law enforcement after shooting multiple agents. One TSA agent was killed and several others reported injured. Officials at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center told City News Service that three male victims from the shooting were taken to the hospital. One victim is in critical condition, and the other two are in fair condition.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: NBC News and the Los Angeles Times are reporting that the gunman was killed by law enforcement.
UPDATE 11:10 a.m.: A source is telling CBS that a suspect in the shooting is an off-duty TSA agent:
UPDATE 11:05 a.m.: NBC is reporting that a TSA agent was killed and another agent was wounded. Police have not confirmed the report, according to City News Service.
A passenger noticed that a rifle was being guarded near a security checkpoint:
UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: ABC and CBS Los Angeles are reporting that that a suspect was wearing camouflage and targeting TSA employees. One witness told ABC that he was questioned about whether he was a TSA employee:
#LAX witness tells @ABCNewsRadio gunman “looked at me" and asked "TSA?" When witness shook head, suspect moved on. http://t.co/6PkVumH2hU— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) November 1, 2013
President Obama has been notified of the situation and Mayor Eric Garcetti is on the scene at LAX:
LAX shooting: Mayor @ericgarcetti has arrived at the scene.— L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow) November 1, 2013
LAX is sending out updates from its Twitter account:
Other than arriving flights, flight operations have been temporarily held.— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) November 1, 2013
UPDATE 10:27 a.m.: A TSA spokesman confirmed that a TSA employee was shot in the leg in the area where documents are checked, according to NBC Los Angeles. That is in an area before security checkpoints, in conflict with initial reports saying the shooter was able to get past security.
Some people headed toward the airport are abandoning their cars and wheeling their luggage into the airport—though it's clear that they won't be going anywhere any time soon:
UPDATE 10:15 a.m.: A suspect was shot and taken into custody, police told City News Service.
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