Shooting at LAX: TSA agent, alleged gunman wounded
A Transportation Security Administration agent and a suspect were wounded in a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning, sources told the Los Angeles Times.
Law enforcement officers were flooding the airport, authorities said, and terminals 2 and 3 were evacuated.
Tory Belleci of the television show Mythbusters tweeted: “Heard gun shots then everyone starting running for the door. Not sure if anyone was hurt. #LAX.”
TV footage showed dozens of offficers swarming the airport. Images also showed a law enforcement officer being treated by paramedics. He appeared to be alert. Another officer had a bloody hand.
10:18 a.m.: Planes at LAX are on ground stop as shooting investigation continues.
10:13 a.m.: A source at LAX told The Times that two or three TSA employees were hit by gunfire.
10:06 a.m.: The Los Angeles Police Department is on a citywide tactical alert. The LAPD would confirm only that two people were injured and that the suspect was in custody. LAPD Commander Andy Smith said “multiple shootings” occurred and that officers are still sorting out how many people were hurt.
10:05 a.m.: A man armed with a rifle opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport, leaving several people wounded.
10:30 a.m. Brian Adamick, 43, said he was getting ready to fly to Chicago for his brother’s wedding and was boarding a Spirit Airlines flight at gate 32.
He said people were running through the terminal, away from a security area. Adamick said went through an emergency exit downstairs onto the tarmac with several other passengers.
“While I was on the tarmac, I heard two gunshots from the same area where the people had been running and screaming,” he said.
A few minutes after he got outside, buses showed up to help evacuate passengers. He saw a wounded TSA agent board one of the buses. The man’s ankle was bloody: “it looked like it was straight out of the movies.,” Adamick said.
The man, told him, “I got shot, I’m fine.” He told passengers not to worry about him and that he had been shot before, Adamick said.
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