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Incident At Los Angeles International Airport Prompts Evacuation, Reports Of Shots Fired

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An apparent shooting has occured at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Update: 2:01pmET     Los Angeles International Airport is confirming that a suspect is in custody.  Multiple injuries have been reported.  A press conference will be getting underway at 11:30amPT.

  Update: 1:59pmET     The Associated Press is reporting that one suspect is in custody; police are still searching the area. Update: 1:38pmET    Flight operations are being suspended.  The public is prevented from entering LAX Terminal 3. The Federal Aviation Administration has stopped flight’s whose scheduled destination is LAX.  


Update: 1:18pmET   LAX says there is a ground stop now in effect after a shooting in the terminal.

Update: 1:16pmET     The Associated Press is reporting that a witness, Brian Keech, said he heard “about a dozen gunshots” inside the security gate at Terminal 3.  The AP also quotes Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey as saying that emergency crews have responded to a multi-patient incident.

Update: 1:00pmET     Ambulances are outside of Terminal 3.  New agencies in Los Angeles are reporting that a triage area has been established outside of the terminal. There are also reports that the sounds of screaming and shots fired were heard by those inside.

Update: 12:58pmET    Airport officials are now confirming that police reported the incident beginning at 9:30am Pacific Time at Terminal Three.

The incident has prompted an evacuation of parts of the airport.

This is a developing story and we will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.



In 2002 there was a shooting, characterized as a terrorist attack, at the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport.  During that incident 41-year old Hesham Mohamed Hadayet allegedly opened fire at a group of almost one hundred people, killing two and injuring at least four others before he was killed by a security guard.




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