Transcript: Q&A at the 4 p.m. press briefing on the fatal shooting in LAX

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti:

…One last thing I’d say is please keep the TSA family in your prayers, if you’re the praying type. We’ve sometimes have heard people decry how inconvenient it is to come through airports since 9/11. These are people who literally, as we see today, put their lives on the line for us. Please say a prayer for them, especially the fallen.

Question:
[Inaudible]

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti:
I know there’s been news reports. I can’t speak to that. I don’t believe anybody here will as well. Sorry. Can’t confirm any of that as well.

Question:
[Inaudible]

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti:
We won’t be commenting on that.

Question:
Are you going to put those armed officers back…[inaudible]?

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
They were never moved. They were moved from behind the screening area, not moved – they were moved from behind the screening area to the front of the screening areas where our threats exist and where our threat started today. There was no depletion of resources. It was just a movement of those officers from behind the screening station to in front of the screening station where they should be.

Question:
[Inaudible]

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
They were there today. They were there within seconds after the shooting started.

Question:
[Inaudible]

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
I don’t have that information, no.

Question:
How did he get in… [inaudible]?

FBI Special Agent in Charge David Bowdich:
I can jump in here. We are still trying to determine how he got here. We’re not going to release anything because we’re still getting to the bottom of it as far as any prior communications or things of that nature. That is all part of our investigation…

Question:
What is the condition of [inaudible]?

FBI Special Agent in Charge David Bowdich:
He is currently receiving medical attention at the hospital.

Question:
What is his condition?

FBI Special Agent in Charge David Bowdich:
I don’t know the answer.

Question:
…the initial confrontation at the TSA screen area, what did the gunman do at that point? Did he shoot as he was running into the terminal? What was he doing?

FBI Special Agent in Charge David Bowdich:
Again, the forensic teams are inside. We’re not going to release that information at this point.

Question:
…New Jersey…[Inaudible]

FBI Special Agent in Charge David Bowdich:
I’m not going to release that as well at this point.

Question:
The LAWA officers involved – did they shoot to wound or shoot to kill?

FBI Special Agent in Charge David Bowdich:
I would defer that to Chief Gannon.

LAWA Police Chief Patrick Gannon:
We are trained that when we have to take deadly force as a last resort and we are trained to stop the threat and that’s it.

[Overlapping audio]

Question:
What were the rounds found? The ammunition?

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti:
I’m sorry. I apologize. Obviously, I’m not the law enforcement and I defer to our experts that are here. Those details will be forthcoming. We’re not going to be speaking today to how the gun was carried – what sort of – I’ll say one thing that I think is all right to release. There were additional rounds that this gunman, and the fact that these officers were able to neutralize the threat as they did – there were more than 100 more rounds that could have literally killed everybody in that terminal today. Were it not for their actions, there could have been a lot more damage.

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