"#LAX - waiting with jamal - they let us off, the airport is still being brought up to speed" Photo: Instagram
Actor James Franco was among the passengers caught up in the drama at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday after a gunman opened fire at security officials inside a terminal.
The unidentified shooter opened fire with an assault rifle at a Terminal 3 checkpoint about 9.30am local time, killing a security agent and wounding seven people before being stopped in an exchange of fire with police, officials say.
Authorities evacuated the building and surrounding areas and grounded all flights at LAX as they hunted down the suspect.Franco took to his Instagram blog on Friday to share a photo of himself on a plane, suggesting his flight had been one of the many grounded during the emergency.
In the accompanying caption, the 127 Hours star simply wrote, ‘‘At lax Some sh-tbag shot up the place.’’Meanwhile, TV stars Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci from US show Mythbusters were among those evacuated from Terminal 3, sharing photos of the chaos on Twitter.
Celebrities also flocked to Twitter to express their shock at the developments as the news of the shooting broke, with Kelly Osbourne tweeting, ‘‘WTF. I really hope everyone at LAX is ok and the LAPD get that shooter fast!’’
Josh Groban wrote, ‘‘Oh no. LAX. News isn’t saying much. How horrible ... hope it’s resolved soon’’, and singer Sara Bareilles added, ‘‘I’m horrified by the shooting at LAX. I feel so saddened by why so many people turn to violence. Only love can take the place of hate.’’
Actress Alyssa Milano, comedian Patton Oswalt and singer Ashley Roberts have also commented on the incident online.