Suspect in Custody, Multiple People Injured in LAX Shooting
by Sadie Gennis
A suspect has been shot and is in custody after opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport and injuring seven people on Friday.
A man pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began shooting inside the airport around 9:20 a.m. PT, Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said during a press conference on Friday. He proceeded into the security screening area where he continued to fire. The suspect then went passed the checkpoint and “quite a ways” into Terminal 3.
Officers tracked and engaged in gunfire with the individual, who was then shot and wounded. He has since been taken into custody.
According to Jim Featherstone, the acting Los Angeles fire chief, seven people are being treated after the shooting. CNN sources report that one TSA agent was killed, while a second is among the injured, but authorities have not confirmed any deaths.
As of now, it appears the gunman acted alone. The FBI is currently getting information on the shooter and will release details once they are confirmed.
Eyewitness Brian Adamick told The Los Angeles Times that he saw people running away from the security area when he, along with several others, took an emergency exit down onto the tarmac. “While I was on the tarmac, I heard two gunshots from the same area where the people had been running and screaming,” he said.
Buses then arrived to help evacuate people, including a TSA agent bleeding from the ankle who reportedly told him, “I got shot, I’m fine.”
President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shooting, according to a White House statement that reads: “We will continue stay in touch with our federal and local partners. The LAPD is leading the response and investigation. We urge 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.”
LAX is currently accepting incoming flights, but at less than half its normal arrival rates, Gina Marie Lindsey, the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, explained.