Transcript: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s press briefing remarks on the fatal shooting in LAX

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

Good morning. Mayor Eric Garcetti here with representatives of law enforcement and public safety community as well as the administrators of this airport.

At about 9:20 a.m., most of us know now that the incident occurred here at the airport with a shooter who was actively involved in Terminal 3.

I’ll be having Chief [Patrick] Gannon from the Airport Police and LAWA Police give you a rundown of what occurred.

Gina Marie Lindsey, who is our executive director here at the airport, will inform the traveling public and their loved ones what the situation is here on the ground.

But let me just say a couple of things. First of all, I want to thank the law enforcement community for their excellent and coordinated response to this incident.

We believe this to be a static situation now – a safe one for those that are in the airport and one in which we are all confident we will be able to conduct the investigation necessary to get all the facts out that no doubt you and the public want to know.

Second, we’re working very hard in the operations of the airport. If you haven’t been able to be in touch with a loved one who was already through security in one of the terminals, other than Terminal 3, flights have continued to take off at a slower pace, especially on the south side which is Terminals 4 through 8, and those folks may actually be in the air right now. So, do not worry about that.

We have flights that are continuing to land, and Gina Marie Lindsey will walk through that as well. But again, this is a situation we’re being proactive. If you have a flight this afternoon, we’re encouraging you at this point to stay away from the airport, not because of the safety situation but because the ongoing investigation makes it a very difficult place to come through and travel to.

Those folks that are here right now, we’re encouraging folks to go to – if you’re already in the terminal, the terminals besides Terminal 3 are open and available, the USO and of course the airport hotels that are close by. This will probably be at least a series of hours until we have the other terminals open and for Terminal 3 an indefinite amount of time.


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