A false report about a gunman that sent passengers fleeing at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday has been blamed on a person in the terminal area, not the police or airport officials, authorities said.
The panic occurred about 9 a.m. as police pursued and arrested a motorist outside Terminal 2 after he apparently tried to kill himself in his car, authorities said.
According to airport police, a person in the gate area of the terminal announced publicly that there was a man with a gun. That sent dozens of screened passengers running from the terminal onto the airfield via emergency exits and stairways.
Police said Monday afternoon that they were still trying to determine who the person was who made the announcement.
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