Los Angeles Airport Remains Partially Closed After Shooting, Over 1,500 Flights Impacted
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Parts of Los Angeles International Airport remain closed Saturday while the investigation into Friday’s shooting continues. Airport officials said that more than 1,550 flights carrying more than 160,000 passengers had been affected by the attack.
A 23-year-old man shot and killed a Transportation Security Administration agent and injured at least two others in Terminal 3, which is used by Allegiant Air, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, and Virgin America. The gunman, identified as Paul Ciancia, a Los Angeles resident, was chased by Airport police officers through the busy terminal as he continued to fire. He was shot and apprehended near a departure gate and was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Center, where he remains in critical condition Saturday.
The shooting caused one of the world’s busiest airports to close for a good part of the day and had an impact on air traffic across the country as flights to and from the airport were canceled, delayed, or diverted. As of late Friday afternoon, flights were resuming, officials at the airport said, and terminals other than Terminal 3 had reopened. The airlines that use that terminal planned to make arrangements for use of other LAX terminals or other local airports until law enforcement officials had concluded their investigation.
Passengers who had to leave their belongings behind when Terminal 3 was evacuated will be able to claim them at the connecting corridor between Terminals 2 and 3 on the Upper/Departures Level starting Saturday. The American Red Cross provide cots to passengers who were left stranded at the airport, and officials from the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health were offering counseling to airport employees and passengers who were impacted by the shooting.
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