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Flights grounded and two people injured after reports of a person with a gun at LAX causes stampede


LAX is forced to halt ALL flight arrivals and departures after person inside Terminal One yelled ‘Gun!’ and sent 300 terrified people fleeing onto airport’s tarmac, with two injured in the stampede

  • LAX was forced to ground all departing and arriving flights on Thursday after a report of a person with a firearm in the airport’s Terminal One 
  • 300 people were sent fleeing after someone entered the airport’s Terminal One on Thursday and yelled that there was an active shooter
  • A suspect in the incident was captured handcuffed on the curb outside the terminal looking distraught and confused 
  • The LAPD said they found no weapon and no shots were actually fired in the incident
  • Hundreds of people were captured  lined up against the tarmac wall with emergency personnel vehicles nearby
  • Paramedics helped two people who sustained minor to moderate injuries during the chaos


Los Angeles International Airport came to a standstill after a person yelled that someone had a gun, causing 300 people to flee Terminal One onto the tarmac.  

LAX was forced to ground all departing and arriving flights Thursday night after a report of a person with a firearm in the airport’s Terminal One sent 300 people fleeing to the airports tarmac, from where flights park and depart after landing and taking off. 

Two people sustained minor injuries during the stampede.  

Airport police responded to the scene and detained two people over the false, LAX airport said in a statement, but their identifies have not been shared. 

One man said to have been behind the scare was snapped handcuffed and sat on a sidewalk afterwards. He hasn’t been named, and it is not yet clear what charges he may face.  

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ABC News captured who they said was the suspect in the incident handcuffed on the curb outside the terminal looking distraught

Paramedics were on the scene to help two people who sustained minor to moderate injuries during the chaos

Paramedics were on the scene to help two people who sustained minor to moderate injuries during the chaos

ABC News 7 captured who they said was the suspect in the incident handcuffed on the curb outside the terminal looking distraught and confused. 

His sandals and his belongings could be seen laid out on the street near him.

Although there were reports of shots fired, LAPD said they found no weapon and no shots were actually fired in the incident, ABC News 7 reported. 

A pilot who was in his plane at the gate witnessed the panic on the tarmac and contacted the LAX tower, telling them ‘We believe there is an active shooter in the terminal. This is not a joke,’ the pilot said, adding ‘and people are just pouring out of the terminal.’

Video shows hundreds of people lined up against the tarmac wall with emergency personnel vehicles nearby and paramedics helping two people who sustained minor to moderate injuries during the chaos, LAX said. 

Shortly after overhead footage captured the travelers being loaded onto a bus from the tarmac to return to the terminal once airport officials gave the all-clear. 

Los Angeles International Airport released a statement shortly after the incident

Los Angeles International Airport released a statement shortly after the incident 

The FAA ordered a full ground stop of all flights at LAX which led to delays at other airports

The FAA ordered a full ground stop of all flights at LAX which led to delays at other airports

Passengers uploaded video of the evacuation to social media, which shows people calmly walking in one direction as alarms can be heard blaring in the background

Passengers uploaded video of the evacuation to social media, which shows people calmly walking in one direction as alarms can be heard blaring in the background

Passengers uploaded video of the evacuation to social media, which shows people calmly walking in one direction as alarms can be heard blaring in the background. 

Chantel Mohn who was traveling from Arizona, explained the chaos to ABC News 7, saying she was initially not sure what was happening but once she was told there was an active  shooter she made a run for it. 

‘I said “what’s happening, what is going on?” and they were like ”there is an active shooter” and I was like “wait what?” so I packed up my stuff and I ran out, alarms started going off,’

‘When other people were running, I started running too,’ she added, saying she did not want to die before her upcoming birthday. 

As a result of the incident, FAA ordered a full ground stop of all flights at LAX which led to delays at other airports.

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