KTLA 5 — A TSA agent was fatally shot and several others were injured at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning, and a suspect was in custody after a massive police response.
Two or three people were wounded following the shooting in the area of Terminal 3 at about 9:30 a.m., L.A. police Detective Gus Villanueva said.
“There was a guy downstairs who started shooting. One guy fell down. Panic erupted,” said a passenger and witness who gave his name as Alex.
The shooter appeared to have a rifle, said Alex, who witnessed the incident while in a security line on the second level of Terminal 3.
“Short guy … bald, short hair, gray-green clothes, with a rifle,” Alex said.
The shooter then came up the escalator up and fired more shots in the security checkpoint area, Alex reported.
“The security checkpoint kind of cleared out real fast,” Alex said. “He walked quite slowly inside the terminal, toward the gates.”
A Transportation Security Administration agent was shot, a spokesperson for the agency said, and he was killed, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The TSA sent the following memo to its employees after the shooting:
“I am deeply saddened to inform you that a TSA employee was shot and killed today while on duty at Los Angeles International Airport. Other TSA employees also were injured in the shooting.
The gunman is in custody and we working with local law enforcement to help ensure the safety of our employees.
We will keep you informed as new information becomes available. The Employee Assistance Program continues to be available for all employees.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been injured and their loved ones.”