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.Details are scarce, and as always, early reports are often if not usually wrong, but NBC's Pete Williams says that the incident is being handled by local authorities with assistance from federal officials and that the shooter has been neutralized and that authorities believe the incident is over. Flights are apparently continuing to take off and land. CBS reports vehicular traffic has been halted to the airport.
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.
NBC's LA affiliate says the incident began at 9:20 AM ET and that at least two people were shot, including the TSA agent, and that the shooting began near a security checkpoint. The status of the victims is unclear.
10:20 AM PT: NBC's Mike Taibbi says he heard over the LAFD scanner that there are 4 injuries.10:22 AM PT:
10:25 AM PT: NBC says there is now a full ground stop at LAX.10:37 AM PT:
10:55 AM PT: According to NBC, one TSA agent has been killed.