Oh boy, here we go again. Let’s keep track of this story as it unfolds and changes color faster than a chameleon, shall we? Make sure you read the comments below the youtube vid. THey are always the best part.
Los Angeles (CNN) — [Breaking news update, 2:40 p.m.]
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said it received three male victims from Los Angeles International Airport, where shootings occurred Friday. One arrived in critical condition, and two were listed in fair condition, the hospital said. The hospital did not say how they were injured.
[Breaking news update, 2:35 p.m.]
A former Los Angeles Police Department ranking officer gave this account of Friday morning’s shooting, citing discussions with investigators: The shooter walked to the security checkpoint, pulled out a concealed assault rifle and shot the TSA agent; the shooter then went through the checkpoint, and a police officer shot the shooter. The source arrived at the scene shortly after the incident.
[Previous update, 2:30 p.m.]
A gunman concealing an assault rifle walked up to a Los Angeles International Airport checkpoint and opened fire on a TSA agent Friday morning, but when the gunman passed the security point, he was shot and wounded by a police officer, a former ranking Los Angeles Police Department officer who was at the scene told CNN.
The gunfire sent travelers into a stampede, passengers said.
A total of 10 shots were fired, and two people — the gunman and the Transportation Security Administration agent — were wounded and taken to local hospitals, an intelligence source told CNN. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.
It was unclear in the immediate aftermath whether there were other suspects.
The gunman approached a checkpoint at Terminal 3 at 9:30 a.m. and began shooting at the TSA agent, according to the former LAPD officer who was at the scene.
The gunfire and the airport’s announcement of the incident provoked chaos among travelers on a busy morning, passengers said.
One of the busiest airports in the world was rendered a ghost town: The violence prompted evacuations of portions of LAX and led to a “ground stop” for arriving planes, said police and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Robert Perez, who was getting ready to take a Virgin Air flight, was taking a nap in the terminal when pandemonium erupted, he told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS.
“I heard a popping sound, and everybody was diving for cover,” Perez told the station. “The TSA said there was a shooting in the terminal and evacuate the building.”
At least 100 people came down a staircase. “Everybody started to panic,” Perez said.
Fox Sports national columnist Bill Reiter was also at the airport during the gunfire. “After the initial burst of gunfire and hiding, people started jumping over one another, jumping off chairs, pushing each other. Chaos & fear,” he said on his Twitter account.
The passengers were directed to board a bus and were taken to a smaller terminal, Perez told the affiliate.
Alex Neumann was at a food court, waiting to travel to Miami, when the incident unfolded. He said Terminal 2 was put into lockdown.
“People were running and people getting knocked down. There was luggage everywhere,” Neumann said. “Mayhem is the best I can describe it.”
Several police officers moved about the airport with guns drawn, he said. KCAL showed live video of three officers with rifles to their shoulders inspecting parked cars in an open-air parking lot.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was assisting with a “multi-patient” incident at Los Angeles International Airport, the department said Friday on Twitter.
Firefighters were laying tarps on the street at the airport, apparently for triage. Several ambulances were at the airport, and at least one person was loaded into one.
The area around the airport was jammed with cars as police shut down access to the airport Friday morning.
President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shooting and will continue to be updated, but the White House had no further information at this time on what happened, spokesman Jay Carney said Friday.
Authorities were interviewing about 100 witness, the intelligence source said.
A leader of the union representing TSA officers deplored the incident.
“We are sickened by reports of today’s shooting,” American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said.
LOS ANGELES |
(Reuters) – Several people were injured in a shooting incident that sparked chaos at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday and authorities said the suspected gunman was in custody.
The airport halted outgoing flights after the shooting and passengers were evacuated, authorities said. Local media reported a gunman with a high-powered rifle had been shot by law enforcement.
“About 9:30 this morning, there were some shots fired on or near Terminal 3, obviously some people were injured, two possibly three,” LAPD spokesman Gus Villanueva told KTLA television.
Los Angeles police spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman said a suspect had been taken into custody and was believed to be the only one. Eisenman described the situation as a multi-victim incident, but there was no immediate word on any fatalities.
Passenger Robert Perez told a local 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.
Alex Neumann told cable network CNN that he was in an area inside the airport past a security checkpoint when he heard loud noises and screaming and saw people running in a scene that amounted to mayhem.
“We were at the food court and all of a sudden I hear a big commotion and people started running. People were running and people getting knocked down,” Neumann said, adding that he heard screams. “Mayhem is the best way of describing it.”
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.
President Barack Obama was briefed on the incident and White House officials are in touch with law enforcement officials on the ground, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
(Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Gunna Dickson)
UPDATE: The suspect in the LAX shooting on Friday, Paul Ciancia, hailed from Pennsville, New Jersey, according to the Associated Press. He was living in Los Angeles, according to his family. The AP reports that Ciancia wore fatigues and carried a bag with a note saying he wanted to kill TSA members and “pigs.” The police chief in Pennsville said that Ciancia’s father had received a text message from his son on Friday morning suggesting that Paul wanted to commit suicide. The officer killed, according to J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, was a behavioral detection officer. Six people were taken to the hospital according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
CIAnCIA? Watch the videos below and you will understand the why of this false flag. Criticize the TSA, the cops, the government and the NWO and YOU are the terrorist. His family and friends have all said he was not into anything of the sort.
HERE ARE THEIR LIES EXPOSED: