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Suspect in custody after Los Angeles airport shooting, police say

There are reports of multiple injuries in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The shooting occurred Friday in the terminal that houses Virgin America.

By Associated Press / November 1, 2013

A police officer closes a road at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, after shots were reported in Terminal 3, prompting authorities to evacuate the terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports.

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Authorities say a suspect is in custody after opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport and injuring multiple people.

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Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman says officers responded to the incident Friday which occurred at 9:30 a.m. local time 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.

Airport staff evacuated travelers and flights were disrupted nationwide.

President Barack Obama has been briefed on the reported shooting.

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.

The White House says it is urging people to listen to authorities and follow directions from first responders on site.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey called the shooting a multi-patient incident.

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