As law enforcement agencies continue their investigation into the horrific shooting that occurred today LAX, more details are coming to light.
FBI sources are identifying 23-year-old Paul Ciancia as the suspected gunman currently in police custody after this morning's violent incident.
According to some sources, the suspected shooter also carried with him a note that expressed a dissatisfaction with government. Apparently the note also implied he had no desire to hurt innocent bystanders, which fits with other reports from witnesses who say they overheard the suspect asking folks whether or not they worked for the TSA.
It's still unclear why this man was apparently so displeased with the government in general and/or the TSA specifically, but, either way, the effects of his alleged actions are absolutely devastating.
According to reports, this was the scene just after the Terminal 3 shooting at LAX today.
We reported that a man entered the airport, pulled a rifle from a bag, and opened fire.
He then exchanged fire with police before being shot and apprehended.
This photo (below) from Twitter is believed to be the weapon used by the suspect, an AR-15 assault rifle. We do not yet know whether it was purchased legally or not.
See the uncensored photo of the grisly crime scene …AFTER THE JUMP!!!
This is all so sad!
Officials have released new details about this morning's horrible shooting at LAX, and the situation is just as tragic as we feared.
In a press conference just minutes ago, L.A.'s mayor Eric Garcetti said:
This horrible incident seems to be at an end. And it ended the way it began- with gunfire.
Multiple sources are reporting that police were forced to exchange fire with the shooter before taking him into custody.
As we previously reported, the terminal was evacuated after gunfire was heard. Police sources say they took action at approximately 9:30 AM.
After a brief exchange, authorities reportedly shot the suspect before apprehending him.
We'll have more on the identity and condition of the shooter as it comes in.
[Image via Twitter.]
Officials are now reporting that the suspect involved in the shooting that took place at LAX earlier this morning has been taken into custody.
LAX confirmed this moments ago on Twitter, saying:
A ground stop has been put into place, meaning no flights are going in or coming out and law enforcement is currently blocking roadways into the airport.
Passengers have been being evacuated by bus for the past hour or so.
The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama is currently being briefed on the shooting.
TSA spokesman Nico Melendez also confirmed that one TSA officer was shot, but he was not able to provide any further detail on the identity of the officer or the extent of the injury.
[Image via Twitter.]
11/01/2013 1:17 PM ET |
Filed under: Injury
A TSA agent has reportedly been shot and injured during a shooting that took place at a LAX terminal earlier this morning.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is currently saying that they are taking care of multiple patients from the shooting and posted an update to Twitter:
11/01/2013 12:50 PM ET |
Filed under: News
It never gets any easier to report, and every time, we wish more and more that something more would be done to end gun violence in this country.
Sometime after 9am PST today, Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport was immediately evacuated. At this time, LAX is not officially stating that there was a shooting, though many on social media who were on the scene are reporting hearing gun shots fired.
For now, all that is being confirmed by officials is the following tweet:
We'll bring you more information as we get it.
[Image via AP Images.]