Terminal No. 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was evacuated today after people reported hearing what sounded like gunshots. The incident occurred around 9 a.m. PST. Reportedly, there were eye-witness reports of seeing gunshots being fired but airport police has yet to confirm this and is investigating the matter. Supposedly, the gunman managed to breach the X-Ray security checkpoint and then opened fire.
According to FoxNews, there is an active gunman in Terminal No. 3, and the gunman was shot in the leg. At least one person is being treated for alleged gunshot wound. Victim is believed to be a TSA employee. The airport is on lock-down; however, some airplanes are still landing and redirected to other terminals.
Gunman ran from police across the tarmac but was later captured and arrested. I wonder if he was a lone wolf or if others maybe waiting to strike as well. Nonetheless, all passengers in the airport will need to be rescreened. Also, all flights outgoing have been canceled and grounded at this time. Bomb sniffing dogs are being used to search terminals. Six police helicopters have been reported seen above the airport.
Gunman was wearing dark, baggy clothes. He was young and white. Reportedly, the gunman calming approached the TSA checkpoint with an assault rifle.
All pending flights to Los Angeles has been canceled.
A married couple called into FoxNews and reported they were standing in the security line with their belongings going through the X-Ray machines when they heard what sounded like 30 shots but could have been an echo of 8-10 shots. They said that people behind them began running through the security checkpoint without getting checked and they also said that the TSA agents were running in front of the passengers and did not help nor redirect people where to run.
The TSA employee who was reported shot when the story first broke, died as the result of his injuries. In addition,  people were injured plus the gunman. When the gunman was taken into custody Terminal 3 was evacuated. One passenger was handcuffed on the tarmac and ordered not to resist. However, he was later released. Passenger were running through emergency exit doors from the terminals which led many to the tarmac mistaking them for other gunman.
"I am deeply saddened to inform you that a TSA employee was shot and killed today on duty at Los Angeles International Airport. Other TSA employees also were injured in the shooting."
-- John Pistole, a TSA administrator
The injured victims were taken to nearby hospitals with two male victims listed in fair condition and one in critical condition. Reportedly, the gunman removed the assault riffle from a bag on the ground floor of Terminal No. 3 and began unanimously shoot at people. Initially, the police believed that there could be another suspect but not believe it to be an isolated incident. The bomb squad searched Terminals 2 and 3. I would think that they would search the entire airport considering 9/11 was no isolated incident.
The FAA grounded any air traffic scheduled to arrive at LAX or depart from LAX. However, due to low fuel reasons, several flights that could no longer be redirected to alternate routes were allowed to land but redirected away from Terminals 2 and 3.
President Obama was briefed on the security incident and the White House is in touch with law enforcement, a White House spokesman said.
Several witnesses thought the gunman was wearing camouflage while others thought he was wearing baggy clothes. Many reported that the gunman appeared to be targeting TSA employees. Several reported hearing as many as 10 shots while others reported 30 but due to the airport's accusics, there could have been an echo compounding several shots as many.
Highways leading to the airport was closed off and backed up for hours.