LAX Airport shooting: One killed and 'several wounded' by 'lone gunman'


A security agent has been killed and several others wounded in a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

The gunman reportedly pulled a semi-automatic rifle out of a bag and opened fire near a security checkpoint at Terminal 3 of LAX Airport.

Witness Brian Keech said he heard "about a dozen gunshots" before he saw the gunman on the ground surrounded by police.

According to Sky News, Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington confirmed a Transportation Security Administration officer was killed.

The BBC reports that "several people" had been wounded by gunfire, and that passengers had been evacuated from the airport onto the tarmac.

According to Reuters, A Los Angeles fire department spokeman said six people had been taken to area hospitals. Three male victims hurt in the incident were taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre, where one was listed in critical condition and two others in fair condition, said Mark Wheeler, a spokesman for the hospital.

The gunman was shot and arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department and taken into custody.

The condition of the other victims or the gunman was not immediately clear.

The Federal Aviation Administration barred all in-bound flights, affecting travel internationally.

According to theGuardian, Los Angeles airport police chief Patrick Gannon gave a briefing at LAX airport.

He said: "An individual came into Terminal 3, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal.

"He proceeded up into the screening area and continued shooting. Officers from LAX police responded immediately and tracked the individual through the airport before engaging him in gunfire, allowing the suspect to be taken into custody."

Bill Reiter, a reporter with Fox Sports, said gunfire in the terminal had prompted a "stampede". He tweeted: "When gunfire broke out there was a stampede of people, all of us hiding under seats we didn't fit under, we burst through the door to outside.

"After the initial burst of gunfire and hiding, people started jumping over one another, jumping off chairs, pushing each other. Chaos & fear".

The White House confirmed President Barack Obama had been briefed on the incident.