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UPDATE: Suspected LAX Shooter Identified

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Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23. Photo Obtained by CBS News Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23. Photo Obtained by CBS News

6:00 P.M. UPDATE

The FBI has identified the shooter in the incident Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport. He is identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia, a 23-year-old from Los Angeles. Law enforcement sources told CNN that, in addition to the southern California city, the suspect also had an address in New Jersey.

Ciancia, armed with what police say was an assault rifle and carrying materials expressing anti-government sentiment opened fire Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport, killing one person before being chased down himself, authorities said.

Eyewitnesses said the suspect asked people, "Hey, are you TSA?" -- the acronym for the Transportation Security Administration -- according to a federal law enforcement official. If they said "no," he would move on.

In the aftermath of the shooting, investigators found information on the suspect expressing not just anti-federal government sentiment but also anger at the TSA specifically, according to the federal law enforcement official. 

By then, a TSA officer was dead - the first employee of that relatively new agency to be killed in the line of duty, according to American Federation of Government Employees president J. David Cox. At least one other TSA employee had been shot in the leg, according to a former Los Angeles Police Department ranking officer who was briefed by investigators.

Ciancia, the suspected gunman, was detained after being shot in the chest multiple times, according to an intelligence source briefed by Los Angeles police.

3:30 P.M. UPDATE

A gunman opened fired at a TSA checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport triggering a massive police response and evacuation. A TSA employee is dead and several people are injured.

Police and paramedics swarmed terminal three at Los Angeles international airport after someone opened fire Friday morning.

Patrick M. Gannon/ LAX Police Chief, "He proceeded to move into the screening area where the TSA agents are and continued shooting, past screening room into the airport itself."

One man in a TSA uniform was able to walk out, but another employee was rushed out in a wheelchair with an apparent chest wound.

John Miller, "The preliminary information indicates that 1 TSA officer is dead, and four other injured."

Passengers inside the terminal heard the gunshots. "Right when I heard the gunshots I looked over my shoulder and everybody was running saying RUN RUN!" one passenger said.

Other passengers saw the gunman: "I noticed he a had an assault rifle, a huge gun, slung over his shoulder and hanging down his waist."

"We got out and they told us to get underneath the planes."

Authorities evacuated the terminal and set up a triage area. The suspect is in custody and wounded.

ORIGINAL STORY

Evacuations are underway at Los Angeles International Airport after reports of gunfire at terminal three. Fire officials responding to the scene are calling it a 'multi-patient' incident.

Details regarding the shooting were not immediately available. A traveler tells NBC News she heard gunfire in the Virgin America terminal. The passenger was preparing to board a flight to Mexico aboard Virgin America. LAPD issued a tactical alert.

Aerial video showed travelers running from the Tom Bradley Terminal, where passengers depart and arrive for international flights. Officers are escorting people -- some in wheelchairs -- from the terminal and several ambulances responded to the location on the departure level.

Stay with Valley News Live for updates on this breaking news story.

 

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