An LAX Airport shooting occurred Friday morning at about 9:20 a.m. that left one TSA agent dead and several injured. USA Today reports Nov. 1 that a lone gunman went on a shooting rampage with a semi-automatic rifle at Los Angeles International Airport. The suspect was eventually captured and taken into custody.
Airport police chief Patrick Gannon didn't give details on the victims' conditions, but believes the gunman acted alone. He said the LAX shooter forced his way past a TSA checkpoint in Terminal 3. Seven people were treated at the airport and six were sent to the hospital. Three male victims were reportedly transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. One is said to be in critical condition and two are listed in fair condition.
The shooter suddenly pulled an "assault rifle" from a bag and opened fire in LAX Terminal 3.
"He proceeded up to the screening area, and continued shooting, and went past the screeners back to the airport itself," Gannon said.
Airport police "responded immediately," Gannon confirmed. They were able to catch up with the suspect responsible for the LAX shooting.
The shooting halted all operations of the airport, including bus transportation and those coming and going from the terminals.
Aside from the LAX shooting, the airport experienced dry ice bombs going off a few weeks ago. No injuries were reported in those incidents.