TSA agent shot, gunman killed after chaos at LAX
A man armed with a rifle opened fire at Los Angeles International airport just a short time ago, leaving several wounded. Police are flooding the airport and Terminals 2 and 3 are being evacuated. The FAA has also halted flights departing the airport.
Said one eyewitness at the scene:
"While I was on the tarmac, I heard two gunshots from the same area where the people had been running and screaming."
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UPDATE: Law enforcement source says that the gunman had a high-powered rifle and that at least three people were wounded, including one TSA agent.
The suspect is in custody,and police looked for possible other suspects but so far have found none.
UPDATE 2: A federal law enforcement official has told the Times that a TSA officer was shot and killed at a passenger screening checkpoint at LAX. Three or four other TSA employees were injured in the shooting, the official said.
A suspect allegedly responsible for the shooting has been killed by law enforcement,and the LAPD has taken control of the investigation and the crime scene, according to the official.
At this stage, the suspect does not seem to have a connection to a terrorist organization, and investigators were working to determine the motivation for the attack.
UPDATE 3: Nearby three hours after a gunman opened fire at LAX, the FBI says there is no longer a threat at the airport.
Officials said there were “multiple victims” in the shooting, which occurred when a gunman opened fire with a rifle. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it treated seven people and that six were taken to hospitals. Officials would not provide further details.
UPDATE 4: Previous reports that the alleged shooter had been killed have now been refuted by law enforcement officials, who now say that the suspect is in custody and in critical condition. The number of individuals wounded in the shooting is now at least seven.
Photos: KTLA / Los Angeles Times, Ringo H.W. Chiu, Nick Ut, CBS-LA / Associated Press
The Seven Year Itch fashioned a classic American romantic comedy around the notion that after seven years of marriage, a spouse’s interest in a monogamous relationship starts to wane. The premise of the Marilyn Monroe film made for some great laughs and iconic images, but it was not pure fancy. A lot of studies over time have shown that the average length of a first marriage is about seven or eight years.
There is an interesting parallel in politics; specifically, the life span of one-party regimes, though in this case we might call it the “70-year itch.” The U.S.S.R. is a prime example. By the time Mikhail Gorbachev took command of the Soviet Union in 1985, the rot in the Soviet system, and the corresponding decline of its legitimacy, were well advanced. “Interest in the marriage” had long since begun to wane. Gorbachev’s efforts to revive it with political opening and economic reform (glasnost and perestroika) only enabled the marriage to break up peacefully. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the Communist Party had been in power for a little more than 70 years. Similarly, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) ruled in Mexico from its founding in 1929 until its defeat in the 2000 elections—71 years.
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I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go.
Politeness has become so rare that people mistake it for flirtation.
When I’m hurt, I turn into a hedgehog.
When the source of the wound revisits me, the pain, as well as the anger, magnifies 100 times.
I can’t control myself. My emotions are set on fire and I burn myself to ashes.
I need peace. I need space. I need time.
Hate me, curse me.
Maybe someday you will understand that the reason why I’m so hurt is because of how much I really liked you….and how hard you let me down.
This is a permenant good-bye.
I’m not looking back.