Union Official: TSA Agent Killed in LAX ShootingPosted: Updated:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people.
Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed Friday that a TSA officer was killed.
He says the union's information comes from their local officials in Los Angeles.
The attack 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.
NBCNEWS.COM - A gunman shot and killed a Transportation Security Administration worker Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, federal authorities told NBC News. At least two other people, including a second TSA employee, were wounded, they said.
The authorities told NBC News that the gunman was in custody. It was not clear whether the shooter was among the wounded.
The shooting happened at a screening station where fliers show their IDs and boarding passes, said Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration. The agent was shot in the leg, he said.
Federal authorities told NBC News that the shooter appeared to have a rifle or other long gun.
Witnesses and police said that the shooting happened at about 12:20 p.m. ET at Terminal 3, which serves Virgin America, among other airlines. Nick Pugh told NBC Los Angeles that he was waiting in line for security on the upper mezzanine when he heard eight to 10 shots.
"We were just standing there in line and somebody started shooting," he said. "Everyone dropped to the floor and started crawling along the ground, abandoning their suitcases."
Another witness told MSNBC that there was an initial round of shots, then a pause, then more shots. An airline worker told them, "Go out! Go out!" the witness said. People streamed down the stairs and onto the tarmac for safety, he said.
Video from NBC Los Angeles showed emergency vehicles outside the terminal. The station reported that several people, including what appeared to be a TSA agent, had been loaded into ambulances.
The Federal Aviation Administration grounded flights taking off from LAX and those that were bound for LAX and had not already taken off. President Barack Obama was briefed on the shooting, the White House said in a statement.
In 2002, an Egyptian national opened fire at the El Al ticket counter at LAX, killing two Israelis before he was shot dead. Authorities ruled it a terrorist incident, even though the shooter was not tied to a known group.
LAX served about 64 million fliers last year. More than 1,500 flights take off and land there every day.
UPDATE: LOS ANGELES, CA - Police say they now have a suspect in custody after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
Los Angeles Police say a gunman shot three people with an automatic weapon at LAX Friday morning at a security checkpoint.
NBC News reports a Transportation Security Administration agent was shot and killed, and another security agent was wounded.
Witnesses say they heard about a dozen gunshots at the Tom Bradley Terminal/Terminal 3, where passengers depart and arrive for international flights.
The Los Angeles Fire Department says emergency crews have responded to a multi-patient incident, and have set up triage area outside the terminal.
LAPD Officers say they evacuated the area and are sweeping through the terminal to make sure there are no other gunmen.
As of 10:30 AM, the Federal Aviation Administration has stopped flights preparing to take off for LAX.
Aerial video shows officers escorted people -- some in wheelchairs -- from the terminal to the triage area. Several ambulances responded to the location on the departure level.
LAPD issued a tactical alert, meaning all personnel will remain on duty until the situation has been resolved. Roads near the airport are closed for the investigation.
Some travelers exited their vehicles and began walking to the airport with their luggage.
LOS ANGELES, CA - Police have surrounded a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
The Transportation Security Administration says a gunman opened fire at a security checkpoint in LAX's terminal 3 Friday morning, injuring a TSA employee and prompting a terminal evacuation. LAPD issued a tactical alert.
Aerial video showed travelers running from the Tom Bradley Terminal, where passengers depart and arrive for international flights. The video also showed officers escorting people -- some in wheelchairs -- from the terminal. Several ambulances responded to the location on the departure level. Police haven't said if they have a suspect in custody.