A gunman walked into LAX this morning, pulled an assault rifle out of his bag, and opened fire, killing a Transportation Security Administration agent and wounding several others at the airport.

He moved through a TSA screening area and into an airport terminal, where he continued firing shots. Chief of Airport Police Patrick Gannon said in a press conference that several other people were injured in the shooting, including another TSA employee.

UPDATE: The shooting suspect has been identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia and the killed agent was Gerardo I. Hernandez.

"Officers tracked the individual through the airport and engaged him in gunfire in Terminal 3," Gannon said.

He confirmed that multiple people were transported to the hospital, and that the scene is safe. Fox News reports that the suspect is connected in some way to TSA.

"After the initial burst of gunfire and hiding, people started jumping over one another, jumping off chairs, pushing each other," Fox Sports reporter Bill Reiter said on Twitter. "Chaos & fear."

Live aerial footage of the scene previously showed hundreds of evacuated passengers crowded in and around the terminal. Emergency crews appeared to be working with patients on stretchers, and police armed with weapons swarmed the area.

"I heard popping and everybody dropped to the ground," evacuated passenger Robert Perez told CBS.

Tory Belleci of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters show was on his way to Philadelphia when the shooting occurred.

"I was in Terminal 3 when we heard the shots," he told HuffPost Crime. "At first it didn't register. Then, everybody started panicking and running. We ran toward terminal, but the gate was locked. We were trapped. It felt like an eternity ... We heard the shots coming from the elevator. One person near me said the shooting happened in the common area.

"A person told me he saw the shooter coming up the escalator. He was [allegedly] a white man in a white shirt."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a press conference that Terminals 4 through 8 are open and running at a slower pace. He urged those with afternoon flights out of LAX to reschedule, as the investigation is still ongoing.

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    A police officer stands over what<a href="https://twitter.com/TJD19083" target="_blank"> appears to be a high powered rifle </a>in Terminal 3 at LAX on Friday.

  • Shuttled to safety

    Passengers were shuttled away from Terminal 3, where eye witnesses said a shooter was firing shots with a high-powered rifle on Friday.

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    <a href="https://twitter.com/pascaljosh/status/396329846462099458/photo/1" target="_blank">Police assess the situation</a> at LAX on Friday after a gunman allegedly fired shots near Terminal 3 with an assault rifle.

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    An aerial view of LAX which was shut down Friday over reports of gunfire coming from Terminal 3 and at least one gunman.

  • Traffic stops

    Traffic is backed up on a Los Angeles highway after LAX was shut down Friday over reports of gunfire coming from Terminal 3 and at least one gunman.

  • Outside the terminal

    Outside Terminal 3 at LAX, police cars go rushing by to the scene of gunshots, where at least one gunman has been reported firing shots.

  • Outisde Terminal 3

    Onlookers wonder how guns got past security as LAX remains on lockdown following reports of a gunman shooting a high-powered rifle near Terminal 3.

  • Getting to safety

    Those at LAX waiting to board planes are shown being driven to a safer location as reports of a gunman firing a high-powered rifle near Terminal 3 paralyzed the usually bustling airport on Friday.

  • Emergency crews

    Emergency crews surround LAX as the airport shut down after reports of a gunman firing rounds from a high-powered rifle on Friday.

  • Police and S.W.A.T.

    Police and S.W.A.T. members surround the roofs of nearby buildings as reports of a gunman near Terminal 3 at LAX firing shots from a high-powered rifle paralyzed the airport.

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    An LAX officer on the scene near Terminal 3, where a gunman opened fire with a high-powered rifle, paralyzing the usually bustling airport on Friday.

  • No one in, no one out

    <a href="https://twitter.com/CaseyWianCNN" target="_blank">Traffic comes to a standstill</a> in Los Angeles after LAX was shut down following reports of a gunman shooting a high powered rifle.

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    From <a href="https://twitter.com/DanielleCNN" target="_blank">CNN's Danielle Dellorto</a>: Shooting at #LAX. Triage team setting up. Red = critical. Yellow = stable/needs treatment. Green = walking wounded.

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    A picture of a current live feed of air traffic shows a normally bustling LAX shut down with suspended air travel as planes stay grounded and others in the air go to a different airport.

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    A picture of a current live feed of air traffic shows a normally bustling LAX shut down with suspended air travel as planes stay grounded and others in the air go to a different airport.



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The FBI has released a photo of Paul Ciancia, the man it identifies as the LAX shooting suspect:

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LAX shooting suspect Paul Ciancia was "just a normal kid" from "a super, super-nice family" when he was growing up in New Jersey, neighbors told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ciancia's mother, Susan, died from cancer a few years ago, neighbor Orlando Pagan told the Inquirer. His father, also named Paul, has an auto repair shop in Pennsville, N.J., where the younger Ciancia worked before leaving South Jersey.

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Mobile phone footage obtained by TMZ reveals chaos inside Los Angeles International Airport during the Friday morning shooting that left one Transportation Security Administration agent dead and several more wounded.

The video starts with two armed police officers walking through the airport lobby. One officer shouts for everyone to hit the floor. After a cut in the video, dozens of travelers emerge from what appears to be the security line at the airport, running with their luggage toward the exit. In the distance, police car sirens are wailing.

A uniformed TSA agent is among the crowd fighting to reach the exit.

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Paul Ciancia, the 23-year-old former New Jersey resident who has been identified by the FBI as the suspected LAX gunman, was a loner at the private high school he attended in Delaware, a former schoolmate told the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper reported:

“In four years, I never heard a word out of his mouth,” said David Hamilton, who graduated with Ciancia from Salesianum School in Willmington, Del., in 2008, and is now an editorial assitant at a publishing firm in Philadelphia. “He kept to himself and ate lunch alone a lot. I really don’t remember any one person who was close to him.”

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The Associated Press reports that authorities said the alleged shooter carried a note saying he wanted to "kill TSA."

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Production on the TV series "Mad Men" was suspended on Friday following the shooting at LAX, according to tweets from a crew member.

A rep for AMC confirmed the "Mad Men" crew was shooting at the airport, but could not provide details. According to key grip Dustin Woods, "Mad Men" was filming at American Airlines, Terminal 4, and was told to move to the far end of the tunnel for safety following the shooting.

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Law-enforcement officials tell NBC News that Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, entered the airport around 9:20 a.m. pacific time and opened fire inside Terminal 3. The Associated Press also reported that authorities named Ciancia as the suspect.

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Dramatic footage filmed from a KCBS news helicopter shows responders escorting a possible shooting victim to an ambulance in a wheelchair around 9:55 a.m. local time. The victim appears to be a white male dressed in a TSA uniform, and may have suffered a chest injury. KCBS could not confirm the nature or extent of the injury.

--Andres Jauregui and Oliver Noble

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Officials have increased security measures at airports near Washington, D.C., including Reagan National and Dulles International, according to the Washington Post.

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HuffPost LA reports:

Due to a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning, all exits to LAX from the 105 and 405 freeways are closed, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Motorists are advised to avoid all streets and freeways near the airport, as they are extremely congested. Century Boulevard is closed from Sepulveda to Aviation. The Metro Green Line service is not affected. For live traffic updates, check CHP's Twitter.

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Patrick Gannon, chief of airport police at LA International Airport, described in a press conference how the suspect entered Terminal 3 carrying a weapon.

"Around 9:20 this morning, an individual came into Terminal 3 of this airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal," Gannon said. "He proceeded up into the screening area and continued shooting, and went past the screeners back into the airport itself."

Gannon said that officers "tracked the individual through the airport and engaged him in gunfire in Terminal 3."

Gannon also told reporters that members of his staff said a training they completed earlier this week to prepare for similar situations was "critical" to how officers responded today.

Police believe that the shooter acted alone, he said.

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The Los Angeles Times and NBC News have reported that a TSA agent was killed in the shooting.

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The LAPD headquarters posted a statement to its Facebook page in response to the shooting:

Today at 9:30 am a single shooter in LAX around terminal 3 area started shooting. Multiple victims were injuried. LAX PD engaged the suspect. Suspect was taken into custody. For precautionary reasons terminal 3 and surrounding areas will be swept.

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Tory Belleci of the Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" show said he was on his way to Philadelphia when the shooting happened.

"I was in Terminal 3 when we heard the shots," he told HuffPost. "At first it didn't register. Then, everybody started panicking and running. We ran toward the terminal, but the gate was locked. We were trapped. It felt like an eternity.

"We heard the shots coming from the elevator. One person near me said the shooting happened in the common area.

"Finally, security opened the door and we ran out on the tarmac. And people were just running everywhere. It was crazy. People were looking for something solid to hide behind, something a bullet wouldn't pass through.

"I was near one woman who was separated from her mother, who was in a wheelchair. She was frantic."

Belleci was on his was to Philadelphia for a Pumpkin Chuckin' competition.

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Click here to see photos NBC Los Angeles and others posted to social media showing the chaos of the morning's events.

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J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, issued a statement on the shooting:

“We are sickened by reports of today’s shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport," he said. "Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to the passengers and Transportation Security Officers killed or injured in this heinous act. Thank you to all of our brave TSOs who put their lives on the line every day to keep the flying public safe. AFGE is monitoring the situation along with TSA management.”

-- Michael McAuliff

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The Los Angeles Times has a map of LAX's Terminal 3, where the shooting occurred.

From the Times' liveblog:

Brian Adamick, 43, said he was getting ready to fly to Chicago for his brother’s wedding and was boarding a Spirit Airlines flight at Gate 32 in Terminal 3....A few minutes after he got outside, he said buses showed up to help evacuate passengers. He saw a wounded TSA agent board one of the buses. The man’s ankle was bloody: “it looked like it was straight out of the movies,” Adamick said. The man, told him, “I got shot, I’m fine.” He told passengers not to worry about him and that he had been shot before, Adamick said.

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