Police respond to shooting at Los Angeles airport; gunman reported shot

Posted Nov. 01, 2013, at 1 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 01, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.
Airline passengers are evacuated to the tarmac in this picture courtesy of Natalie Morin at Los Angeles International Airport November 1, 2013. The Los Angeles International Airport said on Friday that police were responding to an incident at the airport and California media reported that a gunman with a high powered rifle was shot by law enforcement.
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Airline passengers are evacuated to the tarmac in this picture courtesy of Natalie Morin at Los Angeles International Airport November 1, 2013. The Los Angeles International Airport said on Friday that police were responding to an incident at the airport and California media reported that a gunman with a high powered rifle was shot by law enforcement.

LOS ANGELES — Authorities were responding to a shooting incident with multiple injuries at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, and California media reported that a gunman with a high-powered rifle was shot by law enforcement.

The airport said on social media that there was “an incident underway at LAX.” A local CBS affiliate reported that a gunman had been shot and secured by law enforcement, and that some passengers were being evacuated from a terminal.

“About 9:30 [a.m.], there were some shots fired on or near Terminal 3, obviously some people were injured, two possibly three … and we may have a suspect in custody,” LAPD spokesman Gus Villanueva told KTLA television.

“My understanding is that LAX PD are searching the immediate area to ensure that there are no other suspects,” he said.

Passenger Robert Perez told the CBS affiliate that airport security agents had come through the terminal shouting that a man had a gun.

“I heard popping and everybody dropped to the ground,” Perez said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department described the situation as a “multi-patient incident,” and said it was assisting law enforcement at the scene, according to its website.

Television images on cable network CNN showed at least one person being loaded into one of several ambulances at the scene, and passengers were seen being evacuated from the area.

Footage showed emergency responders setting up what appeared to be a triage area outside an airport terminal, and outgoing flights were halted.

“The general public is being held back. … Other than arriving flights, flight operations have been temporary held,” airport spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado said in an emailed statement.

Airport police and airport officials would not offer any additional information.

 

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