TSA employee killed in LAX shooting

BY newsdesk  November 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM EST

UPDATED 4:26 p.m. ET

UPDATED 3:05 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people in an attack that frightened passengers and disrupted flights nationwide.

Police said the unidentified suspect, who was apparently injured following an exchange of gunfire with officers, was in custody.

Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed Friday that a TSA officer was killed. Kauffman said the union’s information comes from their local officials in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said the gunman pulled what he described as an “assault rifle” from a bag and began firing. “As you can imagine, a large amount of chaos took place in this entire incident,” he said.

Some passengers who already had cleared security rushed onto the tarmac to evacuate, while others were locked down in airport restaurants and lounges.


UPDATED 2:15 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suspected gunman was in custody Friday following a shooting at Los Angeles airport that left multiple people wounded and disrupted flights nationwide.

Gunshots were reported at Terminal 3. Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said the conditions of the injured people were unknown.

She says the suspect also exchanged fire with airport police. The airport was being swept for precautionary measures and the bomb unit was on scene.

Airport staff evacuated travelers and flights were disrupted nationwide.

UPDATED 1:40 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shots were fired Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports.

Gunshots were reported at Terminal 3 just around 9:30 a.m., the FBI said.Terminal 3 is home to Virgin America and other airlines.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a “ground stop” was in affect for all flights heading to Los Angeles, meaning planes in any other airport in the country can’t take off for the city.

UPDATED 1:33 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and paramedics surrounded a terminal on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport because of a reported shooting.

Witness Brian Keech said he heard “about a dozen gunshots” from inside the security gate at Terminal 3.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said emergency crews have responded to a multi-patient incident.

The incident was reported after 9:30 a.m.

There was no immediate word of any injuries, but television images showed two people being wheeled away by firefighters. Triage stations also were seen.

No other details were immediately available.