What we know and what we don't know
Here is where things stand right now:
• A gunman opened fire shortly before 9:30 a.m. (local time) at the Los Angeles airport Friday, killing one Transportation Security Administration employee and injuring multiple other people.
• Multiple TSA agents were wounded, though it’s unknown right now exactly how many.
• Six people were taken to area hospitals. Three of these people, all adult men, were taken to the hospital at UCLA; one person is in critical condition, while the other two have injuries that are not life-threatening.
• A suspect in the shootings has been identified by multiple sources as Paul Ciancia.
• According to authorities, the shooter took a rifle out of his bag and opened fire in the area where TSA screeners are and in the terminal.
• The Associated Press is reporting that the shooter was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag with a hand-written note that said he “wanted to kill TSA and pigs.” The Washington Post has not independently confirmed this report.
• Flights to the airport were halted due to the shooting. Some were diverted to other area airports, while scores of flights to or from the airport today were canceled.
And there are lingering questions:
• Very little is known so far about the suspected shooter.
• The TSA agent killed has not been officially identified. Similarly, the other people injured at the airport have not been identified, nor have authorities confirmed yet how many people were injured in the shooting.
• For travelers, the ground stop affecting arriving flights remains in effect, and it is unclear when normal flight operations will resume. Similarly, many people inside terminals at the Los Angeles airport remain kept inside as authorities investigate the scene. It is unknown exactly when all of these people will be able to leave.