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Police: Gunman 'pulled out assault rifle' in terminal

The suspect in the Los Angeles International Airport shooting appeared to be acting alone and was using an assault rifle, police have confirmed.

Speaking at a press conference, the Chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police Patrick Gannon said: "An individual came into Terminal 3 of this airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and begun to open fire in the terminal.

Chief of Airport Police Patrick Gannon Credit: RTV

"He proceeded up into the screening area where Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are and continued shooting and went past the screeners back into the airport itself.

"Officers from Los Angeles Airport Police responded immediately to the calls. They tracked the individual through the airport and engaged him in gunfire in Terminal 3 and were able to successfully take him into custody."

Read: Gunman in LAX shooting taken into custody

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White House: President Obama briefed on LAX shooting

President Obama has been briefed on the incident at LAX Airport. Credit: Reuters

The White House has said President Obama has been briefed on the shooting incident at LAX Airport.

White House officials are in touch with law enforcement officials on the ground, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

Read: Passengers evacuated from LAX airport after shooting

Outgoing flights halted at LAX Airport after shooting

Passengers from LAX airport have been evacuated after reports of a shooting in Terminal 3 of the airport.

Outgoing flights have been halted at Los Angeles International Airport after reports of a shooting in Terminal 3, an airport spokesman has told Reuters.

"The general public is being held back at law enforcement bock. Other than arriving flights, flight operations have been temporary held," airport spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado said in an emailed statement.

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