A TSA agent has died as a result of a gunshot wound suffered when a suspected gunman opened fire at a security checkpoint at terminal 3 inside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning. A second TSA agent was injured in the shooting incident.
A total of seven people were injured in Friday morning's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), six victims were tranferred to area hospitals. The gunman, who was shot by police was taken into police custody.
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti said during a press briefing that a man walked in to LAX and pulled an assault rifle from a bag before opening fire at terminal 3 of the busy LAX Airport.
Los Angeles World Airport Police Chief, Patrick Gannon said during the news briefing that a gunman shot his way past TSA screeners. Gannon said law enforcement officials believe the gunman acted alone.
The FAA ordered a ground stop for all outgoing and incoming flights. However, flights have resumed at a very slow pace.
The FBI Special Agent in Charge, David Bowdich said during the press briefing that FBI investigators are working hand in hand with LAPD and other law enforcement agencies in the investigation into the deadly shooting incident.
"I'm going to give you very few facts today," said Bowdich. He added that authorities "don't see any additional threats at the airport."
However, Los Angeles Airport Police Chief said the FBI has decided to take control of the investigation as lead agency.
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated the FBI as the lead agency in all incidents where terrorism is suspected until it can be ruled out.