Shooting Reported At Los Angeles Airport
Officials say a TSA employee is dead and two other people have been wounded in a shooting today at Los Angeles International Airport.
They say a man with a semi-automatic weapon opened fire near a security checkpoint. The gunman was apparently wounded in an exchange of gunfire with officers and is in custody.
A spokesman for a government employees union confirms that a TSA officer was killed.
The airport's police chief says the gunman pulled the rifle from a bag this morning and began firing inside Terminal 3. He says the shooter went to the security screening area and fired more shots, before moving into the secure area of the terminal.
There, he says, officers exchanged fire with the gunman and apprehended him.
Air traffic was affected nationwide, as the Federal Aviation Administration grounded flights that had not yet departed for Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Fire Department says six people were taken to a hospital. It's not clear whether the gunshot victims were among them.
One traveler says he was at a Starbucks in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles airport this morning when he heard gunfire erupt.
Ben Rosen says he saw people start running in all directions, and others crouching on the ground. He got on the ground as well -- and then more gunshots erupted. He says police arrived with guns drawn, and told everyone to put their hands up. They were then led into another terminal.
Rosen says as they were led out, they saw broken glass from a window that looked like it had been shot out.
When this morning's shooting began, some passengers who already had cleared security rushed onto the tarmac, while others were locked down in airport restaurants and lounges.
An air traffic controller says his colleagues in the control tower saw passengers spilling from the terminal onto the tarmac, "getting out as fast as they could."