Posted By: KLKN Newsroom
A gunman armed with an assault rifle entered a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport today, killed a TSA agent, penetrated deep into the terminal before he was captured by police. Police have identified the gunman as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia.
Six other people were injured in the incident.
The shooting sent hundreds of passengers streaming out of the terminal with many fleeing onto the airport runway. Dozens of flights to and from the airport were delayed or cancelled. It also triggered a "tactical alert" for the Los Angeles Police Department.
The shooting began around 9:20 a.m. in the usually crowded terminal.
Police Chief Patrick Gannon said the shooter was armed with an assault rifle, blasted his way past airport screeners and "got back very far into the terminal." Gannon said the shooter initially opened fire before "proceeding up into the screening area" where he shot at TSA officers.
Police "tracked him through the airport... and engaged him," Gannon said, eventually taking him into custody.
The FBI quickly took a lead role in the investigation.
Witnesses described the shooter as a short, young, white man, carrying a long-rifle.
One of the shooting victims was a TSA officer who died of his wounds. Six others were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.
"One arrived in critical condition and two are listed in fair condition," a spokesman from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said in a statement.
An emergency physician said the patients suffered bullet wounds and other injuries.
Three other patients were taken to other hospitals.
The LAPD said it was on "tactical alert due to a major incident" at the airport and the fire department said they were assisting at a multi-patient incident.