Transcript: Press briefing Q&A with LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon on the fatal shooting in LAX

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

Question:
Harbor UCLA Medical Center told us they have received – they have 2 fatalities and 1 critical. Can you at least tell us the number of known victims?

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
I’m not sure, to be honest with you, what we have yet as far as that goes. The fire department is rectifying all of that information.

Question:
Can you explain why the FBI is leading the investigation?

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
Well, this is an airport that has federal jurisdiction. We have FBI assets here on board and it’s a unified command involving everybody but the investigative lead has been decided to take by the FBI.

Question:
Is the shooter a federal employee?

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
I don’t know.

Question:
Was he ever?

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
I don’t know.

Question:
[Inaudible]

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
Not that I’m aware of.

Question:
Chief, of course, there were earlier reports of multiple suspects. In fact, as recently as 10, 15 minutes ago. Can you explain…?

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
Now, we – you know, in a dynamic situation where things unfold so rapidly and many people come in, there is – there’s always chaos in any type of event like this and there’s always the – everybody’s always thinking forward as to whether or not there’s additional suspects.

As we stand here right now, there is only one individual that is responsible for this as we know, as that active shooter that was in our terminal.

And I want to follow up a little bit on what the Mayor said regarding the officers that went in after this individual. This individual was shooting as he went into the terminal. The officers didn’t – I repeat – they didn’t hesitate. They went after this individual and they confronted this individual in our airport. And unfortunately, it involved an officer-involved shooting but that’s what needed to be done in that particular situation and that was heroic.

We practiced to this not more than 3 weeks ago. We took every one of our officers, our control officers, and a couple of hundred officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and we practiced the exact scenario that played out today. And I was talking to the officers involved in this particular incident a few minutes ago, and they said that that training was critical to how they responded to this. So they’re well-trained officers.

And all of the agencies that came in – whether it’s from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, LAPD’s here on campus with us everyday and work hand-in-hand, Hawthorne, the Sheriffs, Inglewood – everybody came in to help us get through this particular incident and we appreciate their help.

Question:
…Gun on TSA agents? [Overlapping audio]

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
…One, I don’t know that information at all. We have obviously trying to develop information on the suspect. That’s the FBI’s responsibility as with the help of the Los Angeles Police Department in their follow-up investigations and that will be determined.

But if you’re asking me whether or not that information is clear right at this point, I’m telling you it’s not and that’s the official word and that’s the truth.

Question:
[Overlapping audio]

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
The terminal – the suspect got back very far into a terminal. There’s a Burger King that’s quite a ways away from the screening station and he was able to get back there.

I appreciate all the questions. We’ll have more information here shortly. Thank you.

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