LAX Shooting: TSA Agent Dead, Gunman In Custody At Airport (UPDATE)

A gunman walked into LAX this morning, pulled an assault rifle out of his bag, and opened fire, killing a Transportation Security Administration agent and wounding several others at the airport.

He moved through a TSA screening area and into an airport terminal, where he continued firing shots. Chief of Airport Police Patrick Gannon said in a press conference that several other people were injured in the shooting, including another TSA employee.

UPDATE: The shooting suspect has been identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia and the killed agent was Gerardo I. Hernandez.

"Officers tracked the individual through the airport and engaged him in gunfire in Terminal 3," Gannon said.

He confirmed that multiple people were transported to the hospital, and that the scene is safe. Fox News reports that the suspect is connected in some way to TSA.

"After the initial burst of gunfire and hiding, people started jumping over one another, jumping off chairs, pushing each other," Fox Sports reporter Bill Reiter said on Twitter. "Chaos & fear."

Live aerial footage of the scene previously showed hundreds of evacuated passengers crowded in and around the terminal. Emergency crews appeared to be working with patients on stretchers, and police armed with weapons swarmed the area.

"I heard popping and everybody dropped to the ground," evacuated passenger Robert Perez told CBS.

Tory Belleci of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters show was on his way to Philadelphia when the shooting occurred.

"I was in Terminal 3 when we heard the shots," he told HuffPost Crime. "At first it didn't register. Then, everybody started panicking and running. We ran toward terminal, but the gate was locked. We were trapped. It felt like an eternity ... We heard the shots coming from the elevator. One person near me said the shooting happened in the common area.

"A person told me he saw the shooter coming up the escalator. He was [allegedly] a white man in a white shirt."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a press conference that Terminals 4 through 8 are open and running at a slower pace. He urged those with afternoon flights out of LAX to reschedule, as the investigation is still ongoing.



LAX Shooting

11/01/2013 11:47 PM EDT

LAX Suspect's Photo Released By FBI

The FBI has released a photo of Paul Ciancia, the man it identifies as the LAX shooting suspect:


Photo Credit: AP/FBI

11/01/2013 10:30 PM EDT

Slain TSA Officer Identified

11/01/2013 9:54 PM EDT

All Terminals Except For T3 Are Now Open

11/01/2013 9:13 PM EDT

Airlines Cancel All Friday LAX Terminal 3 Flights

11/01/2013 9:00 PM EDT

Suspect From 'Super-Nice Family'

LAX shooting suspect Paul Ciancia was "just a normal kid" from "a super, super-nice family" when he was growing up in New Jersey, neighbors told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ciancia's mother, Susan, died from cancer a few years ago, neighbor Orlando Pagan told the Inquirer. His father, also named Paul, has an auto repair shop in Pennsville, N.J., where the younger Ciancia worked before leaving South Jersey.

11/01/2013 8:38 PM EDT

Video Shows LAX Chaos During Shooting

Mobile phone footage obtained by TMZ reveals chaos inside Los Angeles International Airport during the Friday morning shooting that left one Transportation Security Administration agent dead and several more wounded.

The video starts with two armed police officers walking through the airport lobby. One officer shouts for everyone to hit the floor. After a cut in the video, dozens of travelers emerge from what appears to be the security line at the airport, running with their luggage toward the exit. In the distance, police car sirens are wailing.

A uniformed TSA agent is among the crowd fighting to reach the exit.

Read the full story here.

11/01/2013 8:10 PM EDT

Ciancia Was Loner In High School

Paul Ciancia, the 23-year-old former New Jersey resident who has been identified by the FBI as the suspected LAX gunman, was a loner at the private high school he attended in Delaware, a former schoolmate told the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper reported:

“In four years, I never heard a word out of his mouth,” said David Hamilton, who graduated with Ciancia from Salesianum School in Willmington, Del., in 2008, and is now an editorial assitant at a publishing firm in Philadelphia. “He kept to himself and ate lunch alone a lot. I really don’t remember any one person who was close to him.”

11/01/2013 7:52 PM EDT

Alleged LAX Shooter's Note Said He Wanted To 'Kill TSA'

The Associated Press reports that authorities said the alleged shooter carried a note saying he wanted to "kill TSA."

Read the full story here.

11/01/2013 7:37 PM EDT

LA Mayor: Shooter Had More Than 100 Rounds 'That Could've Literally Killed Everybody'

11/01/2013 6:27 PM EDT

FBI Names Shooting Suspect