LAX is the craziest airport to travel to/from — paparazzi swarming everywhere, thousands of people working and commuting. Now imagine that mega-airport in a crisis? When reports of a dry-ice bomb in a LAX bathroom hit the media, everyone was frantic it was real bomb, and the entire area was on hig alert. If that wasn’t bad enough, today (Nov 1st) there was a huge gun show inside the airport involving a TSA agent, and the suspected gunman. An evacuation is currently underway at LAX after several people, including law enforcement, were injured after a gunman carrying a rifle opened fire in Terminal 3.
According to CBS Local reports:
Los Angeles Airport Police Friday said a shooting took place in Terminal 3 at LAX.
A gunman with a high-powered rifle was reportedly shot and secured by law enforcement personnel around 9:30 a.m., according to CBS2′s Mike Case.
Los Angeles Airport Police Friday said at least one suspect was in reportedly custody following a shooting at Terminal 3 at LAX.
CBS’s John Miller reported that the suspect or suspects entered the terminal wearing camouflage and opened fire around 9:30 a.m., wounding at least three people.
Preliminary indications show that the suspect(s) was targeting TSA employees, according to Miller.
A TSA employee was reportedly shot in the leg in addition to two other people, however, CBS2/KCAL9 has not been able to confirm that report.
Terminal 3 was evacuated and cordoned off and arrival and departure roads to the airport, in addition to Century Boulevard, were closed.
Traffic was backed up on the westbound 105 Freeway as cars were unable to exit onto Century Boulevard.
A large box of ammunition was also recovered on LAX property, Miller said. The LAPD Bomb Squad was on scene trying to clear any suspicious packages.
Passenger Robert Perez told CBS2 that TSA agents came through the terminal and yelled that a man had a gun.
“I heard popping and everybody dropped to the ground,” Perez said.
“There are a couple hundred people standing there not knowing what to do. Mostly people exiting the airport on foot, walking down Century,” passenger Kelly Kahl said.
Aerial shots from Sky2 showed buses were transporting passengers that had disembarked from planes onto the runway area.
Our prayers go out to the wounded and their families. Stay tuned for more details as this story also continues to develop. Witness photos are below: