A gunman armed with an assault rifle opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport today, killing a TSA employee and wounding others.
The gunman was taken into custody by police. His condition was unknown. The shooting took place in Terminal 3, officials said.NBC News’ Pete Williams reported that the suspect is Paul Anthony Ciancia, a 23-year-old resident of LA, with no direct connection to the TSA. He had “anti-government materials” on him at the time.
According to the latest available reports, Ciancia was shot by law enforcement and taken into custody in critical condition. It is also believed that he acted alone.
In one of the more memorable quotes from the shooting, NBC News’ report noted that Brian Adamick, an accountant who was waiting for a flight to Chicago, spoke with a TSA agent with a leg wound on one of the buses that sped to the tarmac to evacuate passengers taking cover there. “His right ankle is injured and he gets on and sits in the seat next to me, and I said, ‘Are you OK?’ He said, ‘I’m fine. I got shot. Don’t worry, I’ve been shot before.’”