A man armed with an assault rifle opened fire at an LAX terminal this morning, making his way through a TSA screening area, and into the gate area of Terminal 3 before he was stopped following a gunfight with airport police.
One person has been confirmed dead, with six injured taken to hospitals. The TSA says multiple members of its staff at the airport are among the victims.
There’s no word on the condition of the gunman, with airport police only saying he was “taken down,” and that it’s believed he was acting alone.
Airport officials say it could be hours before outgoing passengers are allowed onto the airport.
Many incoming flights are still arriving, but with some inbound flights postponed, it’s only about 50% of normal volume. Some incoming flights have been cancelled, or postponed, including some United Airlines flights from Santa Barbara to LA.
The FAA issued what is know as a “ground hold”. Flights around the country with LAX as their destination have not allow to leave, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded around the country.
FBI officials say they do not believe there is any additional threat to the airport.