TSA agent killed, six hurt in Los Angeles International Airport shooting
Friday, November 01, 2013 - 01:48
Nov. 1 - A gunman opens fire with an assault rifle in LAX, killing a TSA agent and injuring at least six others before he was shot and captured. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle in a terminal of Los Angeles International airport on Friday, killing a Transportation Security Agent and injuring at least six other people before he was shot and captured, authorities said on Friday.
The incident prompted scenes of chaos at the airport, which halted departing flights and evacuated the terminal. Streets surrounding the airport were also shut down.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti along with Patrick Gannon, chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police, and other law enforcement officials released few new details in their first news conference following the shooting.
"An individual came into Terminal 3 of this airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal," Gannon said at the press conference.
A U.S. Transportation Security Administration spokesperson said in a tweet that one of its agents had been killed in the shooting and another was wounded. The tweet was later deleted.
A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said seven people were hurt and that six of them were taken to area hospitals.
Los Angeles police spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman said a suspect had been taken into custody and was believed to be the only one.
Three male victims hurt in the incident were taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where one was listed in critical condition and two others in fair condition, said Mark Wheeler, a spokesman for the hospital.
The condition of the other victims or the gunman was not immediately clear.
Television images showed at least one person being loaded into one of several ambulances at the scene, and passengers were seen being evacuated from the area.
Footage showed emergency responders setting up what appeared to be a triage area outside an airport terminal, and outgoing flights were halted.
Airport police and airport officials would not offer any additional information.
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