Transcript: LA Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon’s press briefing remarks on the fatal shooting in LAX

Partial transcript of the 11:45 a.m. press conference:

Thank you, Mayor. Patrick Gannon – G-A-N-N-O-N – I’m the chief of airport police here at LA International Airport.

About, as the Mayor indicated, 9:20 a.m. an individual came into Terminal 3 of this airport, pulled a assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal.

He proceeded up into the screening area, where TSA screeners are and continued shooting and went past the screeners back into the airport itself.

Personnel officers from airport police, Los Angeles airport police, responded immediately to the calls. They tracked the individual through the airport and engaged him in gunfire in Terminal 3 and were able to successfully take him into custody.

We have an officer-involved shooting that took place.

As you can imagine, a large amount of chaos took place during this entire incident.

We believe at this point that there was a lone shooter, that he acted – at least right now – was the only person that was armed in this incident.

There is a tremendous amount of investigative work that will need to be done, and I will turn that over to the FBI in just a second…

But nonetheless, we have done security sweeps through the entire airport. We feel confident that this particular incident is tied to Terminal 3 and Terminal 3 only.

And that’s all we have right now. There’s a tremendous amount of investigative work that will need to be accomplished.

We have multiple victims that have been shot and have been transported, and we’ve had some other injuries as well in addition to the suspect himself.

So I don’t have much more information than that. I don’t want to give out information that may not be consistent later on, and so I appreciate your cooperation in just getting this little bit of information out now.


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