The U.S. Transportation Security Administration confirmed that one of its employees was killed in Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
“I am deeply saddened to inform you that a TSA employee was shot and killed today on duty at Los Angeles International Airport,” TSA head John Pistole said in an e-mail message to employees. “Other TSA employees also were injured in the shooting.”
“The gunman is in custody and we are working with local law enforcement to help insure the safety of our employees,” he said.
The suspect was shot several times in the chest before he was captured, sources told CNN.
Media outlets identified the gunman as Paul Ciancia, 23.
The assailant “came into Terminal 3, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire ... he proceeded up into the screening area ... and continued shooting,” the chief of the airport police force, Patrick Gannon, said.
Once the shooter returned to the main terminal area, police “engaged him in gunfire .. and were able to successfully take him into custody,” Gannon said.
“We believe, at this point, that there was a lone shooter. That he was the only person armed in this incident,” LAX’s top cop said.
The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, said normal operations had resumed at LAX, which handles some 150,000 passengers a day.
“I heard a total of maybe 8 to 10 shots fired in maybe two bursts,” one witness, Nick Pugh, told KNBC-TV. “Everyone dropped to the floor and started crawling along the crowd.”
President Barack Obama was kept informed of developments, the White House said.