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LAX LATEST: Shooting Impacts Hundreds Of Flights

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UPDATE (11/02 4:30 p.m.)

This afternoon FBI officials released more details of their investigation:

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, faces federal charges of murder of a federal officer and of committing violence at an international airport. These charges could carry a death penalty if convicted.

FBI investigators have been unable to interview Ciancia because he is still hospitalized and  "unresponsive."

There were five shooting victims, including one fatality to a TSA agent. Two other TSA agents also suffered gunshot wounds, as well as one civilian.

Ciancia specifically targeted TSA officers. He left a note behind at the airport which stated that he "wanted to instill fear in the traitorous minds" of the TSA agents at the airport, indicating premeditation.

The FBI is asking the public to submit all copies of all electronic recordings of the shooting events Friday at LAX. People who recorded video, pictures or audio were asked to submit them via the website at: https//

Tips or questions may be phoned in to the FBI at (888) 226-8443.



UPDATE (11/02 1:30 p.m.)

LAX Terminal 3 has reopened. Full airport operations are expect by end of day.

LAX Airport Police: "Our hearts go out to the TSA officer that was shot and killed." 

Thirty flights total were canceled today, mostly out of Terminal 3.

All airlines except those in T-3 are operating normally. 

JetBlue's flights have been operating at Long Beach Airport – the airline plans to return to LAX this evening.

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines on flight status before coming to the airport.  They should also sign up for flight status alerts on airlines' websites.

Passengers who abandoned personal belongings during yesterday's evacuations may claim them by checking in with their respective airlines at Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

American Red Cross and LA County Department of Mental Health personnel remain at LAX until tonight to assist those needing assistance.  LACDMH Access Center may be reached by calling (800) 854-7771.




The FBI will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. today with the latest on the airport shooting investigation.



UPDATE (11/02 12:15 p.m.)


LAX shooting delays thousands of fliers across the country; nearly 200 flights canceled.

LAX officials will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. today to bring the public up-to-date on airport conditions and activities as LAX operations recover  from yesterday's police incident.



Authorities identified the dead TSA agent as Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, of Los Angeles, who became the first TSA official in the agency's 12-year history to be killed in the line of duty.




Transportation Security Administration security agents at LAX and across the nation are now wearing black mourning bands in honor of Gerardo I. Hernandez, who was the first TSA agent to die in the line of duty. The bands will be worn until the conclusion of Hernandez's memorial services, which have yet to be announced.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department will honor Hernandez by wearing black mourning bands until he is laid to rest, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.


The 100-foot pylons at LAX will light up blue this weekend in honor of a TSA Agent Gerardo I. Hernandez., who was killed in the shooting rampage on Friday.




Roadways and terminals are now open at LAX. Ticket counters have reopened at Terminal 3, but the rest of the terminal is closed for the FBI investigation.

All parking structures at the airport are also now open.




Passengers who left personal items in the lobby area and security checkpoints at Terminal 3 yesterday will be able to retrieve those articles beginning at 10 a.m. today. Affected persons should go to airline ticket counters.




One of the victims of the shootings at LAX remains in critical condition, one remains in fair condition and one was treated and released, according to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.





The Upper and Lower Level roadways in the passenger terminal area are beginning to re-open to ALL vehicles, including personal vehicles.  Motorists picking up and dropping off passengers will be allowed to enter the terminal area.  The bus transport of passengers from Terminals 1, 2, and 3 to Lot C will stop after the roadways re-open. 

2.      The American Red Cross are still on scene distributing water and snacks to stranded passengers relocated from Terminals 1, 2 and 3. 

3.      Passengers stranded at LAX may contact a hotel accommodations hotline established by LA Tourism & Convention Board at 1-888-831-7176.  

4.      All passengers are advised to contact their airlines for status on their flights. 

For passengers requiring special assistance: 

1.       Los Angeles County Mental Health personnel have been on-scene and available for those seeking mental assistance.  Please call LA County Mental Health's hotline at 1-800-854-7771.

2.       LA City sign-language interpreters have been on-scene and airlines are providing wheelchairs to passengers as requested. 

3.       Passengers unable to reclaim personal belongings containing medical supplies/prescriptions should contact LAX's on-airport medical clinic:  Reliant Medical Clinic at 9601 South Sepulveda Blvd.  at the intersection of 96th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard or phone (310) 215-6020.

LAX_Official on Twitter will continue to be the official source of information for airport conditions.



LOS ANGELES ( Fox 11/AP) - A suspected gunman was in custody following a shooting at Los Angeles airport that killed a TSA officer and wounded other people. This is what AP reporters on the scene Friday are learning about the events unfolding:



Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the airport shooter was carrying a lot of additional ammunition. "There were more than 100 more rounds that could have literally killed everybody in that terminal today," 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, remains closed as the forensics investigation continues.



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



One of the victims taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center arrived without signs of life, says trauma surgeon David Plurad. Doctors worked for over 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.

Another person was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The hospitals did not identify the patients, citing privacy issues.



A New Jersey police chief says the suspect had apparently made references to suicide. Pennsville Chief Allen Cummings says Paul Ciancia's father had called him Friday saying another of his children had received a text message from the suspect "in reference to him taking his own life." Cummings says the elder Ciancia, also named Paul, asked him for help locating his son.



Travelers by the hundreds have streamed into hotels near LAX. The lobbies of the Sheraton and Radisson at the airport's entrance overflowed onto sidewalks. Ronald Dauzat, owner and headmaster of a Los Angeles private school, was on his way to Berlin for an educational conference. He had resigned himself to spending most of the day at the Sheraton. "I'm dealing with it the best I can," he said. "We just have to wait it out."



Union and TSA officials say the TSA officer shot at LAX was the first ever killed in the line of duty. J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, says the officer was one of the behavioral detection officers stationed throughout the airport looking for suspicious behavior.



A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that 23-year-old suspect Paul Ciancia is from New Jersey and was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA and pigs." The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.



Three people are being treated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

A hospital official says one was in critical condition and two were in fair condition. Two were wounded by gunshots and the other suffered other injuries. All are male.

Dr. Lynne McCullough, an emergency medicine physician, says the hospital was capable of taking up to 50 patients. "As it turned out, very thankfully, we received only three" patients, she said.



James Franco was among the travelers caught up in the chaos. The actor tweeted that "some (expletive) shot up the place." His publicist confirmed Franco was on a flight that landed shortly after the shooting occurred. Singer Nick Jonas tweeted about waiting on board a plane and said he was praying for the victims.



Law enforcement officials identify shooting suspect as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia.



The Transportation Security Administration says multiple officers with the agency were shot, one fatally. The agency declined to provide further information, saying additional details would be given by the FBI and police.



Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 45,000 TSA screeners, says the airport shooter was not a TSA officer.



Police tell KNX Radio that officers are looking at the hundreds of vehicles in the parking structure near Terminal 3 but weren't sure how the shooter got to the airport.



The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it has increased its airport patrols as a precaution in the wake of the LAX shooting. Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne says the stepped-up patrols are not expected to affect flight operations.



Xavier Savant was waiting in the security line at the terminal where the shooting occurred and he and other passengers dropped to the floor in panic. He described it as a "bam, bam, bam" burst of gunfire.

"We just hit the deck. Everybody in the line hit the floor and shots just continued," he said.

He said the shots subsided and people bolted through the metal detectors and ran into the terminal, eventually making their way out to the tarmac.

"My whole thing was to get away from him," said Savant, an advertising creative director in Hollywood who was heading to New York City with his family.



Ben Rosen, 30, was sitting at the Starbucks in Terminal 3 eating oatmeal when he heard gunfire erupt and people start running in all directions and crouching on the floor.

Police arrived with guns drawn and shouted, "This is not a drill, hands up," he said. Everyone raised their hands and were led out of the terminal.

As they were led out, they saw broken glass from a window that looked like it'd been shot out. Rosen left his bag behind.

"It was scary. I've never experienced anything like this before," he said. "I definitely felt underprepared. In retrospect, you have all these fire drills in school but you don't really have gunman drills."



Grant Imahara of the Discovery show "Mythbusters" was in an airport lounge area when he heard gunfire in the terminal and saw police and terrified passengers react. "It was fairly tense, and particularly after we heard the shots ring out, like 'oh my God this is really happening,'" he said.



LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon said actions of responding officers were heroic. "They did not hesitate, they went after this individual, they confronted this individual in our airport," Gannon says.



Gannon says the gunman entered the terminal, pulled a rifle from a bag and began shooting. The gunfire continued at a screening checkpoint before he entered a secured area. Officers took him into custody after a shootout. "As you can imagine, a large amount of chaos took place in this entire incident," he said.



Interim Los Angeles Fire Chief Jim Featherstone says paramedics treated seven people at the scene, and six were taken to hospitals.



Gannon says there was a lone shooter who approached a TSA agent who was checking passenger documents and opened fire.



Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed that a TSA officer was killed in the incident at Los Angeles International Airport. He said the union's information comes from their local officials in Los Angeles.



Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urges public to stay away from the airport for the time being.



Evacuated passengers were loaded onto buses by the dozens, while others decided to walk off the airport grounds.

People trailing rolling suitcases were seen on the normally quiet streets and sidewalks outside LAX.

Brian Livesay, 44, said when he arrived on a business trip from Atlanta the airport seemed unusually quiet. The film and TV production designer didn't realize there was a problem until he saw heavily armed police on the airport beltway. He decided to walk the 3-or-so miles to the rental car facilities.

"If there was anything moving on four wheels besides a police car, I would be in a cab," he said. "I have a room full of CBS executives waiting for me."



Flights heading for Los Angeles, which had not yet taken off, were held at their gates by the Federal Aviation Administration. Others in the air - including three JetBlue flights from the East Coast - diverted to other airports.

Flight tracking site said that as of 11 a.m. Pacific, there were 12 flight cancellations and 132 flight delays in Los Angeles.

Travelers hoping to fly out are unable to reach Los Angeles airport because of road closures.

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