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Shooting reported at Los Angeles airport

Written by witf and The Associated Press | Nov 1, 2013 12:19 PM
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Police and paramedics surrounded a terminal on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport because of a reported shooting.

Witness Brian Keech said he heard "about a dozen gunshots" from inside the security gate at Terminal 3.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said emergency crews have responded to a multi-patient incident.

The incident was reported after 9:30 a.m. PST.

There was no immediate word of any injuries, but television images showed two people being wheeled away by firefighters. Triage stations also were seen.

According to the airport's website, the airlines using that terminal are: AirTran, Alaska, Horizon, JetBlue, Spirit, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic.

According to the airport's Twitter account, there is a ground stop now in effect in that terminal. All upper and departure level roadways are blocked by law enforcement. Other than arriving flights, flight operations have been temporarily held. The FAA has stopped flights preparing to take off for LAX.

The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted the following photo of officers on the scene of the incident:

President Barack Obama has been briefed on the reported shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. The White House says the Los Angeles Police Department is leading the response and investigation into the shooting, and administration officials are in touch with federal and local partners.

Update:

According to the airport's Twitter account, the suspect is now in custody. There are multiple victims.

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