At least one suspect opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday at about 9:30 a.m. (Pacific Time), wounding several people and killing an airport security officer, that led to the evacuation of the airport's Terminal 2 and 3, according to media reports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the FBI.
According to the AP:
The police identified the shooter as Paul Anthony Ciancia. AP claims a law enforcement official, who was briefed on the investigation said the gunman was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA and pigs." The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
Few details were immediately released, but Fox News Channel's Shepherd Smith reported that there were evacuations at Terminals 2 and 3, as well as multiple injuries. A suspect with a high-powered rifle was shot and secured by cops at about 9:30 a.m. local time, authorities told Fox.
It's unclear how the alleged gunman got through security, but the TSA confirmed to the Examiner that one of its airport staff members was shot and killed.
"After the initial burst of gunfire and hiding, people started jumping over one another, jumping off chairs, pushing each other," Fox Sports reporter Bill Ritter told Shepherd Smith.
According to the TSA, the suspect was captured by airport police officers when he was attempting to blend in with the evacuees.
According to former New York police detective, Iris Aquino, "The LAPD and the federal law enforcement responders are still gathering information on the details of this shooting, but the actual shootings appear to have been committed by a single gunman."
"I'm told by my contacts in Los Angeles that the first-responders set up a triage area with the color-coded mats for those wounded by the lone gunman," Aquino added. "This incident and its aftermath remain 'fluid' my colleagues tell me."
Tragic events such as this shooting rampage at LAX as well as the September 2013 mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and last year’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, have continued to increase the demand for training that shows law enforcement how to best respond to active shooter situations, according to a Justice Department official.
"In fact, yesterday the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the FBI partnered with Texas State University to expedite and increase the delivery of critical training to state and local law enforcement throughout our country," noted the Justice Department.
As Attorney General Eric Holder commented in his remarks earlier this month to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, “The reality is that police don’t always have the luxury of time to get their most highly-trained, best-equipped officers on the scene. To save lives, the first officers to arrive must sometimes be the ones to directly engage an active shooter. That’s why all law enforcement officers must have the best equipment and most up-to-date training to confront these situations. We owe these officers nothing less.”