Teacher Shot During LAX Rampage ‘Thought He Was Going to Die’

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A performing arts teacher from Calabasas High School remained hospitalized Monday after being shot during Friday’s deadly rampage at Los Angeles International Airport.

Teacher Shot Calabasas High School Brian Ludmer

Brian Ludmer was the only civilian shot during Friday’s shooting rampage at LAX. (Credit: KTLA)

Brian Ludmer, 29, was flying out of LAX Friday morning to attend a friend’s wedding when Paul Anthony Ciancia allegedly opened fire, killing one and wounding several others.

After hearing the gunshots, Ludmer reportedly tried to help some children get through the terminal before being shot in the leg.

He then crawled to a closet, hid, and made a tourniquet, he told those who spoke with him in the hospital.

“He said he thought he was going to die,” CJ Foss, the school’s principal, said. “He heard what he thought were police officers looking for the shooter.”

Ludmer peeked through the door and saw their badges before letting authorities know he was in the closet, Foss said.

Ludmer, the only civilian wounded in the shooting spree, was upgraded to good condition and was expected to undergo further surgery Monday.

The motive for the shootings remained under investigation.

Student’s at Calabasas High School planned a walkout for Tuesday in support of Ludmer, and to unite against gun violence.

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