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LAX Airport Shooting Update: Suspect in Custody, 1 TSA Worker Dead, Another Injured

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    A TSA worker loads suitcases at the checked luggage security screening station at Los Angeles International Airport September 7, 2011, as part of new security enhancements in the ten years following the September 11 attacks.
By Myles Collier, Christian Post Contributor
November 1, 2013|4:05 pm

New details are emerging in the LAX airport shooting regarding the suspect and the victims.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said it received "three male victims from the LAX Airport shootings. One arrived in critical condition and two are listed in fair condition," according to the Associated Press.

However, police officials later revealed the suspect was taken into custody and that one of the shooting victims had died.

Air traffic was affected nationwide as the FAA grounded flights that had not yet departed for LAX.

The Federal Aviation Administration instituted a "ground stop" all flights bound for Los Angeles, which meant planes that had yet to take off for LAX were grounded.

Officials did say the "ground stop" had been lifted as of the time of publication but that all flights were being directed to the southern tarmac.

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"There is an incident underway at LAX," the airport posted on its Twitter feed.

The incident began at around 9:30 a.m. local time in Terminal 3 of the airport and resulted in the evacuation of both terminals 2 and 3.

Tory Belleci of the television show "Mythbusters" tweeted: "Heard gun shots then everyone starting running for the door. Not sure if anyone was hurt. #LAX."

Hundreds of travelers were shown running away from at least one terminal building, while numerous emergency vehicles including fire trucks and ambulances were show racing to the scene.

There were other passengers that were instructed to line up along the tarmac near an airplane as emergency secured the area.

There have been only a few details that have been released so far, but unconfirmed reports revealed that the suspect had used a high-powered rifle. It is also unclear how the alleged gunman gained access to the secured part of the terminal.

"After the initial burst of gunfire and hiding, people started jumping over one another, jumping off chairs, pushing each other," Fox Sports reporter Bill Reiter posted on Twitter. "Chaos & fear."

 

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