At around 9:20 a.m (Pacific), Paul Anthony Ciancia walked into LAX, pulling an assault rifle from his bag and opening fire in Terminal 3. Ciancia murdered 39 year old TSA agent Gerardo I. Hernandez and wounded several others as well. He then moved through a TSA screening area, and was taken down by authorities elsewhere in the airport. Seven people were treated at the scene, including multiple TSA agents–six were transported to hospitals.
An anonymous source told the L.A. Times that Ciancia was targeting TSA agents; Ciancia reportedly asked people if they were TSA employees.
A note the shooter had on his person confirmed this statement. In the note, the source says, Ciancia “expressed his disappointment with government” and stated that he had no intent to harm those he thought to be innocent bystanders. He stated that his purpose was to “Kill TSA.”
Authorities do not believe that Ciancia was part of any terrorist group, and feel that he acted alone.
Video of the inside of the airport, courtesy of TMZ, shows the panic that ensued: