TSA agent killed at LAX

One suspect in custody, 7 injured

November 1, 2013


Los Angeles Airport Police Friday said at least one suspect was reportedly in custody following a shooting at Virgin Airline Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

At least 7 people were shot when a gunman opened fire inside a busy terminal at LAX . Jim Featherstone, acting Los Angeles Fire Chief, added that officials have treated seven patients and transported six to area hospitals.

A federal law enforcement official said that the gunman was a ticketed passenger entering the airport. Officials don’t believe the gunman has ever worked for TSA.

The shooter apparently slipped past security before firing several shots inside the Terminal, where a 20-year-old man took a bullet in the leg about 9:30 a.m. local time.

CBS reports that there was an evacuation at Terminal 3, as well as multiple injuries. The suspect in custody had a high-powered rifle and was shot and secured by police. It is unclear how the alleged gunman got through security.

An unknown number of other people were wounded before authorities managed to capture the suspect. It was not immediately clear how badly the other people were hurt or if any other victims were shot in the gunfire.

LAPD Commander Andy Smith said , "multiple shootings occurred and that officers are still sorting out how many people were hurt."

CBS News Correspondent John Miller reported the unidentified suspect entered the terminal wearing camouflage and opened fire wounding at least three people.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez confirmed one TSA officer was wounded in the shooting. Preliminary indications show that he was targeting TSA employees and that one may have been killed, according to Miller.

A source at LAX told The Times that two or three TSA employees were hit by gunfire.

Terminal 3 was evacuated and cordoned off and arrival and departure roads to the airport, in addition to Century Boulevard, were closed. Buses were seen driving passengers away from the area after they disembarked from planes stopped near the runway

A White House official said President Obama had been informed of the incident: The President has been briefed about the shooting at LAX. We will continue to stay in touch with our federal and local partners. The LAPD is leading the response and investigation. We urge our citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site. The President will continue to receive briefings throughout the day.

Officials announced that authorities now have full control of security at LAX and that the incident is believed to be over.


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