At 9:20 am this morning, there was a shooting at Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport. LAX confirmed the incident via Twitter. By 11:50 am, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at a press conference that the situation is now static and safe.
LAX Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon confirmed in the press conference that one individual opened fire in Terminal 3. He made his way through TSA screening into the airport. Airport police were successfully able to bring in the shooter.
Some reports have indicated that the shooter was shot and killed. Nothing was confirmed at the press conference.
Initial reports described multiple gunmen, but it is confirmed that there was only one shooter.
The LAX Fire Department has treated seven patients, six were transported to a local hospital. Prior to the press conference, initial reports indicated that three victims were shot.
The FBI will be investigating this incident.
Was the TSA Targeted?
An eyewitness, Leon Sorian, described the encounter to NewsRadio 1190 KEX with a gunman who was carrying a rifle. The gun man appeared to be targeting TSA. The gun man asked Sorian if he was a member of the TSA. Sorian said no and the man walked away only after shooting the TSA officer holding Sorian’s shoes. KABC 7 is also reporting that a TSA agent has been shot and is currently being treated. The TSA confirmed an officer as being shot.
Prior to the press conference, law enforcement confirmed an additional TSA agent had been killed in the shooting.
Initial rumors suggest that all victims were TSA agents.
An additional eyewitness described the gunman as dressed all in blue and looking like a TSA agent.
Air Traffic Now at LAX
By noon, LAX airport police had done security checks throughout the airport–the LAPD bomb squad had been reported as being on the scene–and are confident that the incident has been limited to Terminal 3. LAX Terminals 1, 2, and 3 are currently closed.
LAX had shut down all traffic following the incident, but select planes have been allowed to take off and land. Flights are taking off from Terminals 6 through 8. The airport is accepting incoming flights at less than half of its normal arrival rate.
If you have a flight set to leave today from LAX, please check with your airline or @LAX_Official for flight information. At this point, it is best not to come to the airport.
Airports throughout the country are increasing security today following this incident.