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November 2, 2013

LAX airport shooting: 5 victims taken to hospitals

One person confirmed dead

LOS ANGELES — A suspected gunman was in custody following a shooting at Los Angeles airport that killed a TSA officer and wounded other people.

Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Armando Hogan said five people were taken to hospitals after the shooting: The gunman, the TSA officer who died, two other people who were shot, and one person with a broken ankle. A sixth person was treated at the scene for ringing in the ears from gunfire.

Officials did not indicate whether any of the people who were injured were TSA officers.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the airport shooter was carrying a lot of additional ammunition.

“There were more than 100 more rounds,” he said.

As two terminals reopened, hundreds of passengers pulled rolling suitcases across a road outside the facilities, standing shoulder-to-shoulder across all four lanes. Motorcycle police with megaphones followed slowly behind, trying to herd them onto the sidewalk.

Airport officials say 746 flights nationwide were affected by the incident. Some 46 were diverted, and others were held at LAX or at the originating airport. Terminal 3, where the shooting occurred, remained closed as the forensics investigation continued.

Employees were being let back into two closed terminals, and taxis and buses were again running on a loop through the airport. In addition, the FAA has dropped its “ground stop” order, meaning airliners in other cities were allowed to resume flying to LAX. Earlier, nearly 200 flights were cancelled and others were diverted.

One of the victims taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center arrived without signs of life, said trauma surgeon David Plurad. Doctors worked for more than an hour to try to revive the man, but were unsuccessful. He died from gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen. Another man was shot in the shoulder and is expected to survive.

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