LAX Shooting: Gunman Was A TSA Employee (BREAKING)

By: Amanda Crum - November 1, 2013

A TSA agent was reportedly killed and several people were injured when a gunman–also a TSA agent–opened fire at LAX on Friday morning.

Early reports say that at least three people were wounded in the shooting and that the gunman is also dead, shot by police. Officials say he opened fire with a high-powered rifle at a passenger screening checkpoint, causing mass panic and chaos as people fled or were evacuated to safety. All flights are grounded at the airport, and the L.A.P.D. was on a citywide alert as of this morning.

White House officials said President Obama was briefed about the shooting and is following the investigation as news develops.

“The President has been briefed about the shooting at LAX. We will continue to stay in touch with our federal and local partners. The LAPD is leading the response and investigation. We urge citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site. The president will continue to receive briefings throughout the day,” an official said in a statement.

“I heard a total of maybe 8 to 10 shots fired in maybe two bursts,” witness Nick Pugh said. “Everyone dropped to the floor and started crawling along the crowd.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti is encouraging people to stay away from LAX today even if they have a scheduled flight, but stresses it is not a safety situation at this point; rather, the airport is now a crime scene, and a big one at that. The airport is accepting incoming flights as of now. Airport officials say it will take quite some time to get things back in smooth working order and are asking all flyers to have patience.

L.A.P.D. Chief Patrick Gannon says that the shooter, who has not been identified yet, acted alone and was taken out by officers during a gunfight. At least one officer was wounded; seven other shooting victims were treated for wounds.

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  • Really?

    Ever since the government has begun talking about taking guns, we have incident after incident of someone connected to the government going nuts and shooting people.

    I was born in the 70s. For the first 3.5 decades of my life, we rarely had incidents. There were crazy people in those 3.5 decades. Lots of crazy people. Now all of a sudden, it is almost daily.

    I find it all strange.

    Then again, since 9/11, our whole country has gone crazy. We have been constantly bombarded by “fear” propaganda and maybe people are just cracking. We have become a nation of stressed out cowards afraid of our shadows. That takes a toll and people crack.

    • Yep

      I am not a conspiracy theory person either. I too find it weird. Look at the last four shootings. All done by government people. Heck, even the woman that was shot during the shut down had a weird connection to the government and it happened when the world was focused on the capitol. It is enough to make you really wonder.

      By the way, before people start clamoring to ban guns. 1 person and 3 people were injured in this shooting, but 3,000 abortions happened today in the US alone. If that puts it in perspective.

      • Richard

        Possible patsy…?

  • Huh?

    It doesn’t but thanks. Abortion has noting to do with this you are obviously a gun loving Christian Republican. With a high powered rifle and his intent in a place like an airport, I think the lack of casualties was intentional. I think he had a plan that involved killing TSA employees not random people in the airport. If he wanted mass murder I’m pretty sure he would have succeeded . So like I said the number of abortions today is irrelevant to the matter at hand.

    • @Huh?

      It is completely relevant. If you are going to worry about an incident that kills 1 person and wounds 3 others, you should care about incidents that kill 3,000 people a day. Death is death. Go fish out the hands, toes, arms, and legs of babies in abortion waste bags and you will see this. Death is death.

      His lack of causalities was intentional? Please. Your statement doesn’t make sense at all. If he didn’t want causalities, he wouldn’t have shot up the place in the first place.

      If he wanted mass murder, I am pretty sure he would succeed? This statement doesn’t make sense either. Mass murder is exactly what he wanted or else he would not have shot up the place in the first place!!! Are you this dense?

      Distinguishing between TSA employees and random people? Please!! Evidently, you have a problem with the notion that death is death!! It doesn’t matter if you are a TSA employee, a random person, or a baby. Dead is dead!!

      I am a Christian, I actually don’t like guns, and I don’t have a political party because all politicians are the same. However, you are a hypocrite. You defend life in one instance and then you turn your back in another instance because it is convenient for you. Remember this. Death is death and no person has the right to take life away. When you are on your death bed, maybe then you will know the value of all life because at the moment you just don’t get it!

      • @Huh?

        By the way, one last thing.

        * Since 1970, deaths contributed to guns were approximately 1.4 million.
        * Since 1970, deaths contributed to abortions were 57 million.
        * The number of US abortions this year alone is at 1 million and may surpass the total of all the gun deaths since 1970 by the end of the year.

        Don’t give me this nonsense that gun owners are the problem in this nation. Even though I hate guns, the reality is the average person who owns a gun is not killing people. You ever see what happens to a group of people that can’t defend themselves? They fall under the yolk of tyrants and oppression very quickly.