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LAX officer bled for 33 minutes as help stood by

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials are examining why a Transportation Security Administration officer bled for 33 minutes before he was taken to paramedics, after a shooting at Los Angeles International airport this month.

Two law enforcement officials who viewed surveillance footage of the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX say it took 33 minutes before TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez was wheeled out to paramedics because police had not declared the terminal safe to enter.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

One official briefed on the investigation says officials are looking at whether paramedics could have entered the terminal earlier, and if so, why that didn’t happen. The gunman was shot by airport police and taken into custody five minutes after the attack started.

Police and fire officials declined to comment until their investigation is finished.

Associated Press

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