President Barack Obama has been briefed on the Friday shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, NBC reports.
According to ABC's Mary Bruce, the White House is urging people to listen to authorities and follow directions from first responders on site.
The shooting occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time, authorities told CBS. Multiple injuries have been reported and the TSA confirmed that one of its employees had been shot.
Read more on the shooting here, and see below for the latest updates:
The FBI has released a photo of Paul Ciancia, the man it identifies as the LAX shooting suspect:
Photo Credit: AP/FBI
BREAKING: TSA identifies officer killed at Los Angeles airport as Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39.— The Associated Press (@AP) 4 years ago
All terminals except for T3 are now open. Upper/Departures & Lower/Arrivals roadways are now open to all cars. Thank u for your patience!— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) 4 years ago
Airlines in T3: Virgin America, JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier & Allegiant Air voluntarily cancelled all arriving/departing flights for today— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) 4 years ago
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
The Associated Press reports that authorities said the alleged shooter carried a note saying he wanted to "kill TSA."
“There were more than 100 more rounds that could’ve literally killed everybody in that terminal,” Garcetti says, lauding police response.— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) 4 years ago
The suspect in today’s LAX shooting has been identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, a resident of Los Angeles.— FBI LosAngeles (@FBILosAngeles) 2 years ago
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.
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.
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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.
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.
-- Steven Hoffer
MORE: An American Federation of Government Employees spokesman confirmed the TSA officer was killed: http://t.co/aA0DIVeHr5 -RAS— The Associated Press (@AP) 4 years ago
Today at 9:30 am a single shooter in LAX around terminal 3 area started shooting. Multiple victims were injuried.... http://t.co/BUxmtHlKjJ— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) 3 years ago
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.
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.
-- Buck Wolf
Click here to see photos NBC Los Angeles and others posted to social media showing the chaos of the morning's events.
UPDATE: all exits to @LAX_Official from the 105 and 405 freeways are now closed or in the process of closing. Avoid area.— CHP Southern Div. (@CHPsouthern) 4 years ago
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
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.
Suspect is now in custody. Multiple victims. Press conference at 11:30 am at Sepulveda Blvd/Century Blvd w/ Airport Police & LAPD Chiefs— LAX Airport (@LAX_Official) 4 years ago
#breaking Triage area setup outside LAX
PHOTO: http://t.co/8LyQb9sNFn— Tara Wallis (@tarawallis) 4 years ago