Chicago Man Among LAX Shooting Victims
CHICAGO (CBS) — A man from Chicago was among the victims in the shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, the victim’s mother said.
CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez spoke with a woman, who declined to give her full name, at O’Hare who was trying to get on a flight to see her son.
The 29-year-old man was shot in the leg and told his mother that he is doing fine, Tellez reported. The woman, Judy, has been in contact with a social worker at the hospital where her son was being treated.
She said her son, a Lake Forest High School alum who works as a theater director, was at LAX for a flight to Chicago to visit family.
“He said don’t worry, I am going to be OK,” said the woman, who would not give her last name. “I am hoping to get there as soon as possible.”
Judy later told a reporter in L.A. that her son had been through a successful surgery and was resting.
A TSA agent was killed and several other people were injured Friday in the shooting at Terminal 3 at LAX, police said.
The suspect, who is in custody, entered the terminal wearing camouflage and opened fire around 9:20 a.m.
The suspect pulled an assault rifle out of his bag, began to open fire in the terminal and proceeded to the TSA screening area, where he was able to gain access to the airport itself, according to Chief Patrick Gannon of Los Angeles World Airports.
Personnel officers tracked the man, who was able to travel as far as a Burger King restaurant. Officers then engaged in gunfire with him and were subsequently able to take him into custody, he said.
Several others were injured in the shooting.