Associated Press Release
November 1, 2013 - 11:55pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration has identified a 39-year-old as the first officer killed in the line of duty in the agency's 12-year history.
The TSA says in a statement that Gerardo I. Hernandez is the officer who was slain by a gunman who opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning.
Two other TSA officers were wounded.
The gunman was wounded in a shootout with airport police and taken into custody.
The attack at the nation's third-busiest airport sent terrified travelers running for cover and disrupted more than 700 flights across the U.S.
TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a message to employees Friday evening that "no words can explain the horror that we experienced today."
CBS News Copy
A gunman walked into Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning and opened fire at a security checkpoint, killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding multiple other officers, law enforcement sources tell CBS News.
The information was preliminary and could change as the incident is investigated.
Law enforcement sources tell CBS News the suspect was wounded in the incident but survived and is in custody.
Authorities believe the event is not widespread and is over.
The suspect entered the terminal carrying a rifle and wearing military-like clothing when he opened fire.
CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports that the suspect approached the checkpoint and shot a TSA officer, according to a law enforcement source.
Aerial video showed what appeared to be a TSA employee being wheeled away into an ambulance by police.
Several people were seen being treated by emergency responders outside the terminal, but it's unclear if they are gunshot victims.
Passenger Robert Perez told CBS Los Angeles that TSA agents came through the terminal and yelled that a man had a gun.
"I heard popping and everybody dropped to the ground," Perez said.
The airport announced on its Twitter feed that flight operations were temporarily held except for arriving flights.
CBS LA News Copy
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Airport Police Friday said a shooting took place in Terminal 3 at LAX.
A gunman with a high-powered rifle was reportedly shot and secured by law enforcement personnel around 9:30 a.m., according to CBS2′s Mike Case.
A TSA employee was reportedly shot in the leg in addition to two other people, however, CBS2/KCAL9 has not been able to confirm that report.
Terminal 3 was evacuated and cordoned off and arrival and departure roads to the airport, in addition to Century Boulevard, were closed.
Traffic was backed up on the westboud 105 Freeway as cars were unable to exit onto Century Boulevard.
Passenger Robert Perez told CBS2 that TSA agents came through the terminal and yelled that a man had a gun.
“I heard popping and everybody dropped to the ground,” Perez said.
“There are a couple hundred people standing there not knowing what to do. Mostly people exiting the airport on foot, walking down Century,” passenger Kelly Kahl said.
Aerial shots from Sky2 showed buses were transporting passengers that had disembarked from planes onto the runway area.