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#1 Hum

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 16:55

A LONE GUNMAN armed with an assault rifle — who federal authorities have identified as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia — opens fire in a crowded terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA employee and injuring at least six others before being wounded and taken into custody.

 

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Police have surrounded Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport Friday after an unknown incident prompted an evacuation of Terminal 3.

Details surrounding the incident were not immediately clear, but passengers reported being evacuated from the terminal sometime after 9 a.m. There were eyewitness reports of a shooting, but those reports were not immediately confirmed by Fox News. One witness said a person with a gun opened fire after getting through a security checkpoint.

Witness Brian Keech said he heard "about a dozen gunshots" from inside the security gate at Terminal 3.

The Los Angeles Times reports that one TSA agent was shot and the suspect was wounded.

Fire officials said they are responding to assist multiple patients with injuries and the city was placed on a tactical alert. First responders are at the scene, and a TSA agent was receiving treatment.

Bill Reiter, a writer for FoxSports.com, was at the scene and sent out a tweet: "When gunfire broke out there was a stampede people, all of us hiding under seats we didn't fit under, we burst through the door to outside."

Tory Belleci from the TV show "Mythbusters" tweeted: "Heard gun shots then everyone starting running for the door. Not sure if anyone was hurt."

The airlines that use the terminal are Allegiant Air, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, Virgin America and Virgin Australia.

 

A gunman shot and killed a Transportation Security Administration worker Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, federal authorities told NBC News. At least two other people, including a second TSA employee, were wounded, they said.

The authorities told NBC News that the gunman was in custody. It was not clear whether the shooter was among the wounded.

 

The shooting happened at a screening station where fliers show their IDs and boarding passes, said Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration. The agent was shot in the leg, he said.

 

Federal authorities told NBC News that the shooter appeared to have a rifle or other long gun.

 

Witnesses and police said that the shooting happened at about 12:20 p.m. ET at Terminal 3, which serves Virgin America, among other airlines. Nick Pugh told NBC Los Angeles that he was waiting in line for security on the upper mezzanine when he heard eight to 10 shots.

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#2 vetneufuse

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 16:56

Developing...



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 16:57

TERMINAL 3 AT LA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EVACUATED AFTER INCIDENT, WITNESSES REPORT POSSIBLE SHOOTING



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 16:58

REUTERS is reporting police have shot the gunman



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:02

Hello,

Live feed?

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:02

Hello,

Live feed?

click my link above



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:03

LAX is now shut down, this will send ripples through air travel today...



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:04

Saw this break on Twitter at least 30 minutes ago from the Mythbusters, Tory and Grant none the less... 



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:12

gunman shot in leg apparently



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:14

Lol USA once again trying to pretend its terrorism so theres a reason to collect data. I cant believe people fall for it. They get someone to do the crime, everyone gets scared and then people let the government control everyone.



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:15

Thank you for the post.

 

Last update (11:08 Mountain time) from LAPD was several shot and a suspect in custody.

 

Very sad.



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:15

On a serious note, I would have thought that airports would be pretty safe in terms of security against gunmen. Even in the UK there are armed police everywhere when it comes to airports.



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:15

I hope that everyone is okay, except for the perp.

 

It's inevitable that stuff like this happens.  

Is there any information on the perp? Motivation? (I would assume anger at the TSA for touching him/her/it/them "inappropriately" ha. )



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:16

Lol USA once again trying to pretend its terrorism so theres a reason to collect data. I cant believe people fall for it. They get someone to do the crime, everyone gets scared and then people let the government control everyone.

or we just have some wacked out people.....



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 17:16

This has got to be the year of the shooting.