LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a suspect is in custody after opening fire at the Los Angeles International Airport and injuring multiple people.
Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman says officers responded to the incident Friday which occurred at 9:30 a.m. in terminal 3. Multiple people were hit by gunfire, she says but their condition is unknown.
She says the suspect exchanged fire with airport police and was taken into custody. The airport is being swept for precautionary measures and the bomb unit is on scene.
In the meantimem thousands of fliers are delayed.
Flights heading for Los Angeles, which had not yet taken off, were held at their gates by the Federal Aviation Administration. Others in the air - including three JetBlue flights from the East Coast - diverted to other airports.
Travelers hoping fly out were unable to reach Los Angeles airport because of road closures.
Los Angles is a major gateway for flights to Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The shooting occurred just before a large bank of flights arrived from Sydney, Tokyo, Beijing and other cities across the Pacific Ocean. Domestically, the largest cities served are: San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, San Jose, Calif., San Diego and Phoenix.
Obama, Biden briefed
President Obama has been briefed on the shooting at LAX.
The White House says the Los Angeles Police Department is leading the response and investigation into the shooting, and administration officials are in touch with federal and local partners.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama's homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, briefed the president on the incident Friday. The vice president's office says Vice President Joe Biden has also been briefed by phone.
The White House says it is urging people to listen to authorities and follow directions from first responders on site.
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