6 Hospitalized in LAX Shooting; At Least 1 in Critical Condition

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Six people were hospitalized after a lone gunman opened fire inside Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning, city fire department officials confirmed.


Multiple emergency vehicles responded at LAX, and at least six patients were hospitalized. (Credit: KTLA)

Officials say at least seven were injured during the attack and were treated at the scene.

Three of these victims — all adult males — were transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

Two of the men suffered multiple gunshot wounds, while the third was being treated for unknown injuries.

“The gunshot wounds were in a variety of areas,” said Dr. Lynne McCollough of Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

One of the men hit by gunshots was in critical condition; the other two patients’ injuries appeared to be non-life threatening, McCollough said.

Two other victims, who sustained more serious wounds, were transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance.

The first — TSA agent Gerardo I. Hernandez — died on arrival to the trauma center, according to Los Angeles County Department of Coroner and medical center officials. He succumbed to severe gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.

A second patient underwent extensive surgery at Harbor-UCLA for a single gunshot wound to the shoulder, and is now in fair condition, doctors said.

The gunman — identified as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia by the FBI — is also being treated for injuries after being shot by airport police, rendering him unconscious, authorities confirmed.

Anyone with information about the alleged gunman was urged to call an FBI tip line at 888-226-8443.