Breaking: Multiple people shot at security checkpoint at LAX; Update: One dead; Update: Photo of weapon; Update: Gunman identified

posted at 1:21 pm on November 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

The cable news nets are all over it as I write this. Early details:

A gunman opened fire at a security checkpoint Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport, injuring a Transportation Security Administration employee and prompting a terminal evacuation.

A TSA spokesperson told NBC4 the shooting occurred at a security checkpoint. A traveler told NBC4 she heard gunfire in Tom Bradley Terminal, where she was preparing to board a flight to Mexico aboard Virgin America.

A medical triage area was established outside the terminal…

Details regarding the status of the gunman were not immediately available. Pugh told NBC4 he believes the gunman was in custody.

Fox News aired video at around 1 p.m. ET of a TSA officer, with blood on one of his hands, walking with a cop in armor. He had to sit down next to an overpass wall but the fact that he was on his feet initially is, I take it, a good sign.

Two of the “Mythbusters” guys were there when it all went down:

If it really was a rifle instead of a handgun, then I assume it was pre-planned rather than a confrontation that got out of hand when a concealed weapon was discovered by security. Just a hunch, though. Stand by for updates.

Update: I don’t think I’ve ever blogged a story about a mass shooting that didn’t include, at some point, a report that there’s more than one suspect. So, grain of salt on this, but here’s something from CBS LA:

Same guy says there are four wounded.

Update: “Pre-planned” hunch looking stronger:

Update: “Preliminary indications show that the suspect(s) was targeting TSA employees, according to Miller.”

Update: A little more from NBC LA.

Initial reports indicated that a gunman approached a document checker, then pulled a firearm and fired one shot at the security officer, according to NBC’s Pete Williams.

Pugh told NBC4 he believes the gunman was in custody, but authorities have not confirmed details.

“He ran across the tarmac to get away and was put on ground and cuffed,” Pugh said.

That makes it sound like the weapon was concealed. There are some reports on Twitter that he used not a rifle but a shotgun, which would be easier to conceal. On the other hand, CNN says that “multiple” shots were fired in “rapid succession.” Nothing certain yet.

Update: Okay, gun experts. What is it?

Update: A source tells CNN that the suspect is indeed in custody, and that he was shot.

Update: Awful news from Pete Williams: A TSA agent who was shot has died.

Update: Here’s a better look at the weapon. The LAPD will hold a presser at 2:30 ET, but in the meantime they say that one suspect is in custody. I haven’t heard anything about a manhunt for another so maybe the initial report about two suspects was — surprise — wrong.

Update: Workplace violence?

Update: Not workplace violence?

Update: NBC says it knows who the gunman is and that he may have been motivated by “anti-government views” based on written material he was carrying. What that means exactly, I don’t know, but the left has been waiting two and a half years, since the story behind the Tucson shooting fell apart on them, to try its “conservatism equals murderous insanity” narrative again. We’ll see what the “materials” say.

The gunman, identified by law-enforcement officials as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia, was shot by law enforcement and taken into custody in critical condition. The motive is not clear but it’s believed he had anti-government views based on written materials he was carrying, the officials said.

Federal officials told NBC News it was unclear whether Ciancia was targeting the TSA or was trying to shoot his way through to get further into the airport. But one witness said the shooter, who calmly walking through the terminal with his weapon, approached him with a one-word question.

“All he said was, ‘TSA?’ Just like that,” Leon Saryan told MSNBC.

Update: The AP says Ciancia had a note stating that he wanted to “kill TSA and pigs,” but that’s all they have right now.


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Gun free zone.

Nessuno on November 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

The tarps are not a good sign…sadly.

d1carter on November 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Was he yelling aloha snackbar?

neyney on November 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Look at the news vultures flying over his twitter feed.

HumpBot Salvation on November 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Oh goodie, now they’ll push it so non-flyers won’t even be able to enter the airport.

MobileVideoEngineer on November 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I’m anxiously awaiting all the facts the media is going to get wrong.

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Reports are now that Century Blvd, the main access road into LAX, has also been closed to traffic.

LA Fire Dept is calling this a ‘multi-patient event’…

The suspect is in custody, and is said to have been wounded.

I expect a lot of confusion to continue for quite awhile – it was like this several years ago when there was a shooting in the Bradley Terminal targeting El AL – the Israeli airline’s check-in counter. There are still government agencies that refuse to call that attack, by an Egyptian national, an act of terror.

Athos on November 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Strict gun control at its best. Wonder if the bullets had lead in them.

iamsaved on November 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I’m anxiously awaiting all the facts the media is going to get wrong.

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

++++

bazil9 on November 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

“You’re doing a great job, Janet!”
“The system is working.”

vityas on November 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I googled “Tea Party Los Angeles Airport”

About 43,000,000 results (0.46 seconds)

You do the math.

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Dibs on the ammo.

El_Terrible on November 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Unions at work

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” — GWB, presciently predicting obama’s legacy

What has he done right?

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

“You’re doing a great job, Janet!”
“The system is working.”

vityas on November 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

She has a new job.

El_Terrible on November 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Change of topic from “6 signed up for obama’care” to gun control.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I hate to be this conspiratorial, but these things seem to happen when the news cycle isn’t helping the Left.

Just sayin’

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

On the heels of the ice bombs, recently.

bazil9 on November 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I’m anxiously awaiting all the facts the media is going to get wrong.

woot! that’s the one!

DanMan on November 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Obama nation-Mayhem
The new norm.

bazil9 on November 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

The tarps are not a good sign…sadly.

d1carter on November 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Anytime there are report of multiple injured, the tarps are set up to facilitate that triage / on-location treatment of the injured.

We’ve seen this during accidents involving buses / trains before in the Southland.

Local radio is saying 4 people shot, including the shooter and a TSA agent who was shot in the leg. The shooting apparently occurred at the TSA security screening line in Terminal 3.

Just remember, often, the early reports are inaccurate – it’s best to not speculate and wait to allow facts to come out.

Athos on November 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

OT:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/31/Book-Jon-Huntsman-s-Dad-Was-Harry-Reid-s-Source-About-Romney-s-Failure-to-Pay-Taxes

Something beautiful about one moderate Republican going after another one. Yeah, but they are the “team” players right?

The father of former Utah Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for ten years during the 2012 campaign.

According to the New York Times, those details are reported in a new book about the 2012 presidential campaign, titled Double Down.

During the 2012 campaign, Reid told the Huffington Post that someone had called his office and said, “Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.”

“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” Reid said. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”

Huntsman’s father denied that he was Reid’s source before calling on Romney to release his tax returns in 2012

melle1228 on November 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

she heard gunfire in Tom Bradley Terminal

He’s obviously a racist.

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I hate to be this conspiratorial, but these things seem to happen when the news cycle isn’t helping the Left.

Just sayin’

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I spoke to it a week ago–the last thing we need (see Hurricane Sandy last year) is something to take away from O’care rollout…

hillsoftx on November 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

That cancelled healthcare plan was one straw too many…

PatriotRider on November 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Probably the new remedy for TSA abusing overtime.

hillsoftx on November 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

“You’re doing a great job, Janet!”
“The system is working.”

vityas on November 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

She has a new job.

El_Terrible on November 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Yep, she got her golden parachute to head up the University of California system – and just promised that she will take $5 million in taxpayer funds towards paying for tuition of illegal immigrants in CA.

Athos on November 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Joe Biden will be released from witness protection as soon as confirmation received that a shotgun was not used. Piers Morgan show has been extended by 1 hour tonight

drivingtheview on November 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

I bet that The Commie will be in the loop on this one.

No doubt, a gun confiscation speech at Harvard is now being scheduled – with multiple trips to elementary schools – for further, more in-depth indoctrination.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever blogged a story about a mass shooting

Not at “mass shooting” level yet.

We had two guys shot at a strip club (“gentleman’s club”) last night in Fayetteville.

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

JUST IN: Bob Orr reports preliminary evidence shows the shooter entered Terminal 3 wearing camouflage gear and opened fire. #LAXShooting

and with hunting season opening up in many states, easy to look like you fit in, as many head out to CO., TX, etc. to hunt…

hillsoftx on November 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

He’s stressed because the CA Assembly hasn’t raised his taxes enough and he really wants to pay more.

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Anger over health care cancellations is boiling over.

Ben Hur on November 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Right wing extremist in 5….4…3

cmsinaz on November 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Waiting for the reports that “assault weapons” were used!

Conservative4Ever on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I hate to be this conspiratorial, but these things seem to happen when the news cycle isn’t helping the Left.

Just sayin’

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Lately, the odds are better than average that would be the case. Except for the first two weeks in October, the news cycle hasn’t really favored the left all year.

Chris of Rights on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

All fight ops at LAX have been stopped….

Athos on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Frustration that he couldn’t take the High Speed Rail.

de rigueur on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Update: “Preliminary indications show that the suspect(s) was targeting TSA employees, according to Miller.”

JUST IN: Bob Orr reports preliminary evidence shows the shooter entered Terminal 3 wearing camouflage gear and opened fire. #LAXShooting

How inept are the TSA?

Was he shooting bef. or after the checkpoint?

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

The FBI has already confirmed that this is not terrorism, as they always do.

/sarc

Realist on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Anger over health care cancellations is boiling over.

Ben Hur on November 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Prolly angry ’cause his lousy private plan wasn’t canceled for him.

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Same airport with the dry-ice bombs…

mjbrooks3 on November 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Horrible.

And, Obama will use it for another Squirrel! moment.

kingsjester on November 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

It’s Friday and the news are very bad “only 6 signed up on day one”.

The leftists will feed on the non-existing carrion and “gun control” all weekend, and then some.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Did he use an AR-15 shotgun?

Mark1971 on November 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Has the Tea Party been blamed yet?

Jack_Burton on November 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Obviously a Tea Party guy mad at the gubmint.

changer1701 on November 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

and this shows you just how silly things can be–2 yrs ago I walked into Denver Intl with a shotgun in its case as I was moving from CO. to TX. and not a single staff approached me–I had to seek out a TSA to inquire as to the procedure…as far as I know, nothing has changed–there is no central, publicized gun checkpoint before you enter an airport…

hillsoftx on November 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Waiting for the reports that “assault weapons” were used!

Conservative4Ever on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Waiting for the rage-tweets from Piers Morgan and other Hollywood pinheads complaining about the AR-15…..

Athos on November 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

KJ….the lsm will be using this as well

cmsinaz on November 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

JUST IN: Bob Orr reports preliminary evidence shows the shooter entered Terminal 3 wearing camouflage gear and opened fire

“Preliminary indications show that the suspect(s) was targeting TSA employees, according to Miller.”

Aaand the “It was Crazy TeaPartyRightwingTeabaggers!!!0ne1!!” shoutd from the MSM to start in 3.. 2.. 1…

wearyman on November 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

All fight ops at LAX have been stopped….

Athos on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

FAA has also stopped every flight headed to LAX… this is nationwide now.

de rigueur on November 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Did he use an AR-15 shotgun?

Mark1971 on November 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

A belt-fed one.

Thousands of spent .380 casings have been collected.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Quick – pivot to gun control! /

God spare us from ‘initial reports’. *sigh*

Midas on November 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Did he use an AR-15 shotgun?

Mark1971 on November 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

With a grenade launcher!

William Eaton on November 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I hate to be this conspiratorial, but these things seem to happen when the news cycle isn’t helping the Left.

Just sayin’

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

That was my first thought, too: Distraction?

SailorMark on November 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

There are some reports on Twitter that he used not a rifle but a shotgun, which would be easier to conceal.

Allah P. You don’t hunt much do you?

CTSherman on November 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

de rigueur on November 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

International impact, actually. The number of planes now in holding patterns over the L.A. Basin is a sight to behold.

de rigueur on November 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I’m surprised the trolls aren’t flooding the zone here to insinuate it was some sort of Tea Party thing.

Jeff Weimer on November 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Media don’t know the difference between rifles and shotguns and missile launchers….they are all the same…

William Eaton on November 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

cmsinaz on November 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

No doubt.

kingsjester on November 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Waiting for the reports that “assault weapons” were used!

Conservative4Ever on November 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Tory Belleci @ToryBelleci

We are being shuttled away from the terminal now. Eye witness said the shooter had an assault riffle.

12:41 PM – 1 Nov 2013

Riffles have ridges.

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

There are some reports on Twitter that he used not a rifle but a shotgun, which would be easier to conceal.

Allah P. You don’t hunt much do you?

CTSherman on November 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Depends on the style of shotgun and whether it is a sawn-off shotgun.

Steve Eggleston on November 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Obama nation-Mayhem
The new norm.

bazil9 on November 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Since 2008

workingclass artist on November 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Depends on the style of shotgun and whether it is a sawn-off shotgun.

Steve Eggleston on November 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Yup, like a pistol-grip shotgun.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Update: Okay, gun experts. What is it?

Oh man, hard to tell from this angle, other than it is a long gun, with a black painted or synthetic material stock. Fat foregrip could be a shotgun, or could be an AR derivative. Not enough detail to tell and the angle is wrong.

wearyman on November 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

The only thing I find shocking about this is that it took this long to happen.

agmartin on November 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

LA Times link:

http://www.latimes.com/

workingclass artist on November 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Was he yelling aloha snackbar?

neyney on November 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Good one!

tomshup on November 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

So shall we pivot once again to gun control?

sandee on November 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I am leaning towards shotgun though. The silhouette is very shotgun-esque.

wearyman on November 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

So a good guy with a gun stopped the bad guy with a gun. Guess LaPierre isn’t such a kook after all.

jawkneemusic on November 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Update: Okay, gun experts. What is it?

Too grainy to tell.

Steve Eggleston on November 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

FAA has also stopped every flight headed to LAX… this is nationwide now.

de rigueur on November 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

But of course – the better to divert more attention to it.

Midas on November 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Based on the photo it might be a potato.

Spade on November 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Yup, like a pistol-grip shotgun.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Was thinking more along stock size.

Steve Eggleston on November 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Looks like a Glock AR47. Its undetectable by metal detectors.
/

El_Terrible on November 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

obamacre what obamacare….. GUNS!

sandee on November 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Was he yelling aloha snackbar?

neyney on November 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I’m ashamed to say how many reads it took me to get your meaning. Well done.

mrsknightley on November 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Update: Okay, gun experts. What is it?

Definitely one of those that has the shoulder thing that goes up. Definitely.

Midas on November 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Interesting how the topic tags included “lax, security, TSA”

Steve Z on November 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I am leaning towards shotgun though. The silhouette is very shotgun-esque.

wearyman on November 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

My thoughts as well, it looks to be a pump action along the bottom of the barrel.

Course it is too early to say anything at this point.

Gatsu on November 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

This is probalby a Tea Partier upset with Obamacare,

Oh wait, that’s what Bloomberg said after the Times Square
bomber.

ToddPA on November 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

It looks like an ar to me. That small hump on the top looks like the bolt assist.

jawkneemusic on November 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

NBC reporting TSA rep killed.

hillsoftx on November 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

response to O/T

melle1228 on November 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I first became aware of Jon Huntsman Sr on Glenn Beck’s show some years ago. He is supposedly a man of great integrity – no one the Left would be able to make use of. I don’t have the same opinion of his son. I’m skeptical of this claim that he was the one filling nasty old Harry’s ear with b.s.

disa on November 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Looks like a Glock AR47. Its undetectable by metal detectors.
/

El_Terrible on November 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Is that a Die Hard 2 reference?

Doughboy on November 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

but, but, but, but….

GUN FREE ZONE in a HIGH GUN CONTROL STATE

It is impossible, I tells ya…impossible. Never happened, because, you know, laws….

*sigh*

http://godzillafacepalm.com

ProfShadow on November 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I wonder if it had a scary looking bayonet lug?

:o0

OhEssYouCowboys on November 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Maybe it’s time for common sense legislation to ban guns in all airports. Then it would be against the law to bring a gun into an airport. And it would never ever happen again

drivingtheview on November 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Right now there are literally dozens of Liberal reporters and bloggers hoping and wishing this was done by two white heterosexual males. They have their stories all ready to go from the last time.

Johnnyreb on November 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

What percentage of the left do you think are happy this happened because it might distract from the democrat clusterfark that is ObamaCare?

jawkneemusic on November 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Early reports indicate that it’s a flamethrower. Or a rocket launcher.

No wait, reports coming in that it’s one of those really scary guns the Space Marines had in ‘Aliens’, without the harness/scissoring support base – but definitely with the shoulder thing, all up and such.

Midas on November 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Okay, gun experts. What is it?

A bazooka…

PatriotRider on November 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

There is a better picture available on twitter. Search for LAX. there is an overhead shot of a police office standing over a weapon on the ground. It’s an AR derivative.

wearyman on November 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Is that a Die Hard 2 reference?

Doughboy on November 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Yep. I think the movie called it a Glock 9 tho

El_Terrible on November 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Was thinking more along stock size.

Steve Eggleston on November 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I know, Steve, you prefaced things with “hunting.”

I just hoped that one of the MSM types would read my post, and start talking, expertly, about the shot-grip pistol that was used.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

What percentage of the left do you think are happy this happened because it might distract from the democrat clusterfark that is ObamaCare?

jawkneemusic on November 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

All of them.

Oh, percentage? Using real math, or liberal “insurance premiums and deductibles are skyrocketing but my $20/month birth control is now FREE, yay!” math?

Midas on November 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

2-1 odds that it was the same union worker who planted the ice bombs?

redguy on November 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Did he use an AR-15 shotgun?

Mark1971 on November 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

With a grenade launcher!

William Eaton on November 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

As long as he didn’t have a bayonet lug on it. Or – God forbid – a ‘shoulder thing that goes up’!

Solaratov on November 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

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