LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Thousands of passengers on planes and waiting to board flights witnessed a shooting Friday morning that wounded at least three people at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 3, and many of them took to Twitter to give a live play by play of the chaos.
Several people were injured after a suspect reportedly wearing camouflage opened fire at about 9:30 a.m. According to CBS News’ John Miller, the gunman was apparently targeting TSA employees and may have killed one.
A Twitter user named Zeke Quezada tweeted that he was “freaked out,” by the sight of a lot of people running and crying.
Something must have just happened at LAX a lot of people running, crying and looking very scared. I'm freaked out.—
Zeke Quezada (@ZekeQuezada) November 01, 2013
Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci of “Mythbusters” were among the passengers in Terminal 3 when the shooting began. They were on their way to Delaware to film an episode of the show. In a statement, the Science Channel and Discovery Channel said the Mythbusters stars were safe and being rerouted.
At least two celebrities were about deplane when the gunfire erupted, included actor James Franco and musician Nick Jonas.
Currently waiting on the plane in a remote parking area. I am safe. Praying for the victims of this shooting.—
Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) November 01, 2013
The crew of “Mad Men” happened to be filming in Terminal 4 Friday morning, TV Guide’s Michael Schneider reported.
#MadMen was filming at LAX at the time of today's shooting; production was halted as crew waits for an all-clear: franklinavenue.blogspot.com/2013/11/mad-me…—
Michael Schneider (@franklinavenue) November 01, 2013
A tweet from a user named Kassaundra explained the chaos.
Tweets from official agencies like LAX spokespeople and the Los Angeles Police Department tried to convey as much information as possible without inciting panic.
Other eye witnesses shared details of what he had seen and heard.
Just driving by Terminal 3 at #lax watching people crawl outside and others hit the deck. Lots of terrified people.
— Dr. Foster Mobley (@FosterMobley) November 1, 2013