DEVELOPING: LAX shooter identified as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia
POSTED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 11:52am
UPDATED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 9:06pm
LOS ANGELES (CNN) — UPDATE (3:37 P.M.): The shooter who opened fire at LAX has been identified as 23-year-old, Paul Anthony Ciancia. Accprding to NBC, Ciancia had “strong anti-government views” based on the literature that he was carrying with him. Nodatabase indicates that Ciancia was on a watch list and the shooters home has not been searched.
UPDATE FROM CNN (1:30pm): A former Los Angeles Police Department ranking officer gave this account of Friday morning's Los Angeles International Airport shooting, citing discussions the former officer had with investigators: The shooter walked to the security checkpoint, pulled out a concealed assault rifle and shot the TSA agent; the shooter then went through the checkpoint, and a police officer shot the shooter. The source arrived at the scene shortly after the incident.
UPDATE (12:54): NBC News reports that a TSA employee was shot and killed in the LAX shooting incident on Friday morning.
A person with a firearm at Los Angeles International Airport approached a checkpoint at Terminal 3 and opened fire Friday morning at a Transportation Security Administration agent, a former Los Angeles Police Department ranking officer who arrived at the scene shortly after the incident told CNN. Multiple shots were fired, the source said.
Details are still coming into the newsroom. We will post more information as we get it.
UPDATE (12:40pm): A suspect has been shot and is in police custody after Friday's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, a law enforcement source close to the investigation tells CNN's Miguel Marquez.
ORIGINAL STORY: Parts of Los Angeles International Airport were being evacuated Friday morning after reports of shots being fired there, police said. Authorities are reporting that this is a "multi-patient incident".
Airport officials said a police incident began about 9:30 a.m. at Terminal 3 at LAX, airport spokeswoman Nancy Suey Castles said.
Passenger Robert Perez, who was getting ready to fly Virgin Air, was taking a nap in the terminal when panic erupted, he told CNN affiliate KCAL/CBS.
"I heard a popping sound, and everybody was diving for cover," Perez told the station. "The TSA said there was a shooting in the terminal and evacuate the building."
At least 100 people came down a staircase. "Everybody started to panic," Perez said.
The passengers were directed to board a bus and were taken to a smaller terminal, he told the affiliate.
A "ground stop" has been issued for planes scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday. A ground stop means flights destined for the affected airport are held at their departure point, according to the FAA.
KETK will update this with more information as soon as it becomes available.