A fatal shooting occurred Friday morning at LAX Airport, wounding at least seven people including a TSA agent with six of the injured being transported to area hospitals.
The chaotic scene unfolded at Terminal 3 inside LAX airport at 9:30 a.m. PST when a gunman pulled a high-powered assault rifle out of a bag and opened fire near a security checkpoint.
The LAX gunman was able to get past the checkpoint toward the Burger King restaurant.
Flight operations have been temporarily suspended with only incoming flights being allowed in and officials have urged travelers to stay away from the airport.
Passengers scurried, diving for cover as the gunshots rang out.
Information is being withheld by authorities until their investigation is complete, however, reports from passengers have said that the gunman appeared to be a TSA Agent or some type of security officer who was dressed in a blue uniform.
Others have said he was a clean-cut white male wearing camouflage pants with a blue jacket.
At a news conference today, officials were tight-lipped, and would not confirm rumors circulating that the assailant was a TSA Agent, nor would they confirm any fatalities other than to say there was an officer-involved shooting.
Some media outlets are reporting that the a TSA Agent was killed and that the gunman was possibly dead.
LAWA Chief Patrick Gannon confirmed that the assailant pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and said that the suspect is in custody.
Executive Director of LAWA Gina Marie Lindsey said that the best way to stay up-to-date on flight information is to check twitter @LAX_Official.
She also said travelers can expect “significant delays”.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed that multiple victims were shot and that there were some other injuries as well.
LAPD Police Chief Charlie Back said that were not going to give out comprehensive information yet and would not confirm any fatalities.
The LA County Coroner has confirmed that there is one fatality.
UCLA Medical Center has received 3 of the injured patients. All are male and one is in critical condition. the other two are in air condition.
The scene remains chaotic at LAX with canine units and bomb sniffing dogs checking the airport, and authorities say that the situation is under control.