Crime & Justice

LAX shooting: 1 dead, several still hospitalized

Police officers at Terminal 2 at LAX on November 1st, 2013.
Police officers at Terminal 2 at LAX on November 1st, 2013.
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At least five people were sent to local hospitals after a shooting at LAX and one of them has died.

The confirmed death is that of a male officer with the Transportation Security Administration, whose job was to observe passengers in line for screening and flag suspicious activity, according to the American Federation of Government Employees.

The slain officer is believed to be the first TSA officer to be killed in the line of duty. It's not clear how many of the victims also were employees of the federal agency, but there were at least two.  FBI special agent David Bowdich said at least one other TSA employee was wounded by gunfire.

The slain TSA employee had been sent to the Harbor-UCLA  Medical Center in Torrance along with another victim. The second patient’s injuries were reportedly not life-threatening.

Three other victims - all male - were transferred to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, according to Dr. Lynne McCullough.

One remains in critical condition from gunshot wounds. Two were admitted in fair condition; one of them has since been released.

Not all of the victims suffered gunshot wounds. Additional injuries may be “evasion injuries” in which the victims may have injured themselves as they tried to get away, according to Bowdich of the FBI.

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that the TSA officer who was killed was a "behavior detection officer" with the agency who had recently moved from Montana. TSA union officials have since corrected that report.