November 2, 2013

Gunman kills TSA agent, wounds two at Los Angeles airport

Taken into custody is a New Jersey man carrying a note that said he ‘wanted to kill TSA.’

By Tami Abdollah And Justin Pritchard
The Associated Press

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Transportation Security Administration employees hug outside Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed a TSA employee and wounded two other people. Flights were disrupted nationwide.

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Passengers evacuated from Terminal 1 wait outside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday after shots were fired, prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports.

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While Terminal 3 remained closed, much of the rest of the airport continued operating, though with some disruptions. Some LAX-bound flights that were already in the air were diverted to other airports.

The ripple effect across the country delayed 76,000 travelers, LAX officials said. Hundreds of stranded passengers streamed into nearby hotels, rolling bags behind them down roads absent of car traffic.

The officer who was killed was one of the behavioral detection officers that are stationed throughout the airport, looking for suspicious behavior, said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Initially, Cox said at least three other TSA officers were wounded. Their conditions were not disclosed. Later in the day, the TSA said two other officers were injured.

The Los Angeles Fire Department revised its total number of victims taken to the hospital from six to five, saying one had been double counted. Those numbers included the gunman, the slain TSA officer and one person who broke their ankle.

Ben Rosen was sitting at the Starbucks eating oatmeal when he heard gunfire erupt and saw people running in all directions or crouching. He grabbed his phone and tried to lie as flat on the ground as he could.

Police showed up with guns drawn, shouting, “This is not a drill! Hands up!”

People put their hands up and then were led out of the terminal to the adjacent international terminal, Rosen said. As they were led out they saw broken glass from a window that looked as if it had been shot out. Rosen left his bag behind.

It was not the first shooting at LAX. On July 4, 2002, a limousine driver opened fire at the airport’s El Al ticket counter, killing an airline employee and a person who was dropping off a friend at the terminal. Police killed the man.

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Passengers evacuate the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday after shots were fired there.

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Passengers are directed outside Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday after shots were fired at Terminal 3, prompting authorities to evacuate the terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports.

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Fire, rescue and police personnel gather at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday after shots were fired at Terminal 3.

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