At least 3 shot, suspect in custody
Friday, November 01, 2013
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — At least three people have been shot at Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 3, according to the LAPD. The victims’ conditions are unknown at this time.
Authorities say the incident happened at about 9:30 a.m. At least one of the shooting victims is believed to be a TSA employee.
Law enforcement officials say as suspect has been "neutralized."
Kari Watson said she was at LAX Terminal 3 with her 3-year-old daughter moments before gunshots rang out.
"All of a sudden we heard people screaming ‘Go, go, go!’ and I heard a couple of pops that sounded like gunfire," she said. "People were just running, so we left everything on the ground and we took off."
Terminal 3 has been evacuated. LAPD’s West Bureau and South Bureau are in tactical alert due to the shooting.
Century Boulevard has been shut down. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
Terminal 3 is the last terminal on the north side of the airport. Airlines that operate out of the terminal include Allegiant Air, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit and Virgin America. LAX is the third largest airport in the U.S.
In response to the LAX shooting, airports in New York are increasing their "high-visibility heavy-weapon patrol," so there is an increased display of "heavy weapons." Officials say the effort is aimed at deterring copycats.
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