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Shooting at LAX: TSA worker killed; suspect shot, in police custody (VIDEO)
Multiple people have been shot at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and a TSA worker has been killed after a gunman opened fire in the airport's Terminal 3 on Friday.
The shooter is currently in police custody, according to reports, and was also shot by police while being apprehended. Fire officials treated seven patients and sent six to L.A. hospitals, according to CTV News, and it's now reported that as many as three were wounded by the shooter.
Several sources have identified the shooter as a 23-year-old named Paul Anthony Ciancia.
"As you can imagine, a large amount of chaos took place during this entire incident," LAX police chief Patrick Gannon told a news conference on Friday morning. "We believe at this point that it was a lone shooter, that he at least right now was the only person that was armed in this incident.
"There is a tremendous amount of investigative work that needs to be done."
The FAA had halted all flight activity at Los Angeles International, an airport which serviced over 63,688,000 passengers in 2012, making it the sixth busiest airport in the world that year. LAX says it is has begun working to get its terminals up and running again, as soon as they are cleared by law enforcement.
(Los Angeles is also the most popular non-Canadian destination for passengers traveling out of Vancouver International Airport, according to YVR.)
LAX's Twitter account said the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. PST, and police later said the shooting occurred at 9:20 a.m. Eyewitness said they heard "about a dozen gunshots" and one man told NBC News he heard eight to 10 gunshots.
One man, Terry Malloy, told ABC he was in the airport when the shooting happened and said he heard at least three shots fired.
"I was sitting there, and I heard the alarm go off like when the door opens," Malloy said. "I saw all these people charging down this ramp going in a million different directions. Everyone started looking at each other (like) what are we going to do, and I saw the ticket agent go behind the counter, and then I heard shots."
Another eyewitness named Leon Saryan – who said the shot TSA worker was holding his shoes at the time of the shooting – said he saw the gunman coming down his corridor with a rifle, and that he shot about 20 times.
Saryan said the shooter approached the man, asked him if he worked for the TSA, and fired.
"All he said was, 'TSA?' Just like that," Saryan told NBC.
*This is a breaking news story, so updates are coming...
Suspect is now in custody. Multiple injuries. Press conference at 11:30 am at Sepulveda Blvd/Century Blvd w/ Airport Police & LAPD Chiefs— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) November 1, 2013
Airport officials confirm police incident began at 9:30 a.m. @ Terminal 3 at LAX. More info to come.— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) November 1, 2013
LIVE footage from LAX: http://t.co/q6iuRy8u7u— Slate (@Slate) November 1, 2013
Reports that ex-NSA chief shot at LAX deemed a hoax: wires http://t.co/RGs4k9tUT2— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) November 1, 2013