American Red Cross Opens Shelter for Passengers Affected by LAX Shooting

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The American Red Cross opened a shelter to assist those affected by the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the organization announced Friday afternoon.


Thousands of passengers were stranded at LAX after a shooter opened fire in Terminal 3, leaving the airport in near chaos. These people had waited for hours without access to water or food. (Credit: Kacey Montoya)

Volunteers were dispatched to the shelter to “provide warm meals and a shoulder to lean on for those with immediate needs,” the American Red Cross said in a statement.

The shelter was being housed at the Westchester Recreation Center, located 7000 W. Manchester Ave. in Los Angeles.

Thousands of passengers were stranded at the airport after the shooting, which left a TSA agent dead and several other people injured, authorities said.

Travelers who were at LAX and in need of hotel rooms were told to call the following hotline: 888-831-7176.