(Los Angeles, CA) -- It's a day of bloodshed at one of the nation's busiest airports, but fortunately the death toll is low. A gunman armed with an assault rifle opened fire Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport. He managed to get a fair distance into the airport's third terminal before being cornered, downed and taken into custody. So far, only one person is dead, a TSA employee. At least seven people were treated for injuries. The gunman is being identified as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia.
People at the airport scrambled for safety and ducked for cover as bullets flew at the airport. One woman said she had just taken off one boot at a security checkpoint when shots rang out and she had to run with only one boot on. Other witnesses say they heard multiple gunshots and saw muzzle flashes as panic ensued.
Hundreds of emergency responders rushed to Los Angeles International Airport in response. Fire crews set up triage areas outside the terminal. Ambulances took away the wounded while heavily armed police scoured the terminal and adjoining parking structures for additional threats. After a couple of hours, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the immediate threat was over.
Even so, the investigation continues, and several airport operations are on hold. FlightAware.com indicates more than 150 flights in and out of the airport have been canceled. Not only that, but ground transport is restricted. That's left thousands of passengers walking the roads around the airport with their luggage trying to figure out what to do.