TODAY   |  November 02, 2013

LAX shooting witnesses tell of terminal 'terror'

Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport remained a crime scene Saturday as police and investigators attempted to get answers to why a 23-year-old suspect allegedly entered the airport Friday and opened fire. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>> we want to begin this morning with the investigation into friday's shooting spree at the l.a. airport that left a tsa officer dead and get to miguel almaguer here in los angeles with the latest on the shooting and on the suspect. miguel, good morning.

>> reporter: lester, good morning. terminal three where the shooting took place remains a crime scene and shut down as investigators are trying to piece together exactly what happened. 167,000 passengers impacted by the shooting and came in the middle of the weekday commute.

>> shot fired in terminal.

>> reporter: hundreds scrambled for their lives and lone gunman opened fire in l.a.x. chaos and blood shed . police say 23-year-old paul ciancia walked inside theterm 23458 and pulled this assault rifle from a bag and unleashed round after round.

>> one of the witnesses is stating that the suspect is harvesting tsa.

>> a man opened fire in lar.a.x. terminal three.

>> reporter: the tas agent killed was gerardo hernandez . police say the suspect was on the move and past security and headed through the terminal. panicked passengers hid in restrooms and others poured on

to the tarmac.c: police gave chase. soon a gun bath.

>> airport police officers engaged the suspect, opened fire, wounded him, and took him into custody.

>> is he down?

>> he is down.

>> reporter: with at least seven injured and six hospitalized, the wounded were carted to safety.

>> we see a man in a wheelchair as well as that tsa agent there covered in blood. his leg has been hit or at least is bleeding.

>> reporter: tactical teams swept the terminals and rooftops and parking garages and access roads all shut down. later, the all-clear. the threat finally over. this morning the suspect an l.a. resident remains in custapolice continue to investigate the motive. l.a.x. the third busiest airport remains in delays and cancellations and that may take a couple of hours more for things to get back to normal at this airport here. erica?