TSA agent shot, gunman killed after chaos at LAX
A man armed with a rifle opened fire at Los Angeles International airport just a short time ago, leaving several wounded. Police are flooding the airport and Terminals 2 and 3 are being evacuated. The FAA has also halted flights departing the airport.
Said one eyewitness at the scene:
"While I was on the tarmac, I heard two gunshots from the same area where the people had been running and screaming."
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UPDATE: Law enforcement source says that the gunman had a high-powered rifle and that at least three people were wounded, including one TSA agent.
The suspect is in custody, and police looked for possible other suspects but so far have found none.
UPDATE 2: A federal law enforcement official has told the Times that a TSA officer was shot and killed at a passenger screening checkpoint at LAX. Three or four other TSA employees were injured in the shooting, the official said.
A suspect allegedly responsible for the shooting has been killed by law enforcement, and the LAPD has taken control of the investigation and the crime scene, according to the official.
At this stage, the suspect does not seem to have a connection to a terrorist organization, and investigators were working to determine the motivation for the attack.
UPDATE 3: Nearby three hours after a gunman opened fire at LAX, the FBI says there is no longer a threat at the airport.
Officials said there were “multiple victims” in the shooting, which occurred when a gunman opened fire with a rifle. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it treated seven people and that six were taken to hospitals. Officials would not provide further details.
UPDATE 4: Previous reports that the alleged shooter had been killed have now been refuted by law enforcement officials, who now say that the suspect is in custody and in critical condition. The number of individuals wounded in the shooting is now at least seven.
Photos: KTLA / Los Angeles Times, Ringo H.W. Chiu, Nick Ut, CBS-LA / Associated Press
A Los Angeles ghost town
Surfridge was once a wealthy community, a coveted locale visited by Hollywood stars that just so happened to be within the domain of LAX. As the airport grew, the town shrank, and now it’s best known as the home of a rare species of butterfly.
From Mike Anton’s report on the ghost town’s current status:
Weeds sprout through cracks along streets lined with majestic palms. Retaining walls and foundations of custom homes peek through the brush. Rusty utility lines that have wiggled their way above ground bake in the sun like scattered bones.
Two throttled-up passenger jets simultaneously take off from LAX and soar overhead, the thundering cacophony a reminder of why the community of Surfridge was forced to disappear.
Read more on the town’s decline, and newfound efforts to reinvent the area, here.
Photos: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times
Spotted! Crystal, the star of ”Night at the Museum” and “The Hangover Part II,” aboard American Airlines Flight 114 from LAX to Newark, N.J., Saturday.
Couldn’t not post this photo — just made us laugh for a good 10 minutes. Lots of animals on flights these days.
Photo: Crystal. Credit: Nancie Clare / Los Angeles Times
Nov. 19, 1946: Early morning view of scores of jackrabbits watching activities at Los Angeles Municipal Airport, slated to open to major airlines about three weeks later. Heartily recommend clicking through to get the scope of the image.
Photo credit: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times