International check-in hall at LAX
International check-in hall at LAX Wikimedia Commons

Australians caught in LA airport gunman's shooting rampage

TERRIFIED Australian travellers have told how they fled as a lone gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at Los Angeles' international airport, killing a security agent and wounding seven people.

Several Australians were caught up in the shooting at LAX's busy Terminal 3 at 9.20am (2.20am AEST), just moments before a Virgin Australia flight from Sydney touched down.

Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Australia, United and Delta, all use LAX for Australian flights.

Panicked travellers scrambled to escape after the lone suspect pulled out the gun and began shooting, walking through a security checkpoint before being stopped in an exchange of fire with police.

Police found a note on Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, voicing "disappointment in the government", a law enforcement official said.

It appeared that Ciancia targeted Transportation Security Administration staff who work as screeners and guards at airports.

During the shooting spree, which lasted less than 10 minutes, he approached several people cowering in the terminal and pointed his gun at them, asking if they "were TSA".

The TSA confirmed that one of its staff had been killed.



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