A single shooter with a high powered rifle went on a shooting spree at Los Angeles International Airport today. The 23-year-old suspect is in custody. He apparently was targeting TSA agents.
According to USA Today:
Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, told the Associated Press that the deceased was a Transportation Security Administration officer. He said the union’s information came from their local officials in Los Angeles.
According to ABC News:
Police Chief Patrick Gannon said the shooter was armed with an assault rifle, blasted his way past airport screeners and “got back very far into the terminal.”
Police “tracked him through the airport… and engaged him,” Gannon said, eventually taking him into custody.
According to CBS News:
The suspect pulled an assault rifle — possibly an AR-15 — out of his bag, started shooting and proceeded to the TSA screening area, where he was able to gain access to the airport itself, according to Chief Patrick Gannon of Los Angeles World Airports.
Some are reporting that the shooter was a current or former TSA employee but the LA Times says no:
Officials don’t believe the gunman has ever worked for TSA. Law enforcement sources had earlier told The Times that the gunman was a TSA employee.
Here’s how it went down according to CNN:
The gunman approached a checkpoint at Terminal 3 at 9:30 a.m. and began shooting at the TSA agent, according to a former ranking Los Angeles Police Department officer who was at the scene told CNN. He had multiple magazines for his weapon, according to the intelligence source briefed by Los Angeles police and a federal source.
Our prayers go out to the family of the deceased, all who were injured or traumatized by the event, and the gunman.