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UPDATE: 1 dead, multiple injured in LAX shooting

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The gunman in a deadly shooting Friday at Los Angeles International Airport was wounded and taken into custody after prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports, officials say.

The Associated Press, citing a union official, reports that a TSA agent was killed in the shooting, but officials would not confirm the report at a press conference. The Los Angeles Times reports that two or three TSA employees were hit by gunfire.

The Los Angeles coroner identified the deceased person as a male in his 30s. It is unclear if he was the shooter or a victim. Officials said seven people were injured , including six who were transported to area hospitals. Two male victims are in fair condition and one is in critical condition at Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

Gunshots rang out inside Terminal 3 at around 9:30 a.m.

Officials said the gunman, now identified by police as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag on the ground floor of the terminal and opened fire. He ran up an escalator to a TSA screening area and continued to fire, officials say. He was tracked by airport police and they engaged in gunfight until the Ciancia was subdued, officials said.

A law enforcement official, who was briefed at LAX on the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly, said Ciancia, 23, was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA and pigs." The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.  The official identified him as Paul Ciancia. A second law enforcement official confirmed the identity, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Police do not believe there is another suspect after they conducted security sweeps inside the airport. The LAPD bomb squad conducted a sweep in both Terminal 2 and 3.

Witness Brian Keech said he heard "about a dozen gunshots" from inside the security gate at Terminal 3.

The Federal Aviation Administration said planes in any other airport in the country can't take off for the airport, although some flights already in the air were allowed to land.

"The situation at LAX is very fluid," the FAA said in a statement. "There is currently a ground stop for flights that are scheduled to depart for LAX. This means those flights are temporarily being held at their departure airports.  Arrivals and departures are still occurring, and some flights may be diverted. The FAA is closely monitoring the situation and making adjustments to arrival and departure flows as needed. Passengers should contact their airline to determine the status of their flight."

LAX air traffic controller Michael Foote said some flights were still being allowed to depart.

Foote said his colleagues in the control tower saw passengers spilling from the terminal onto the tarmac, "evacuating the building, getting out as fast as they could." Officers eventually corralled them.

Other travelers described the scene as airport security staff evacuated terminals, including onto to the tarmac.

"People started saying there's a shooter, there's a shooter," said Natalie Morin, a senior at USC who was heading to San Francisco for a graduate school interview.

President Obama was briefed on the security incident and the White House is in touch with law enforcement, a White House spokesman said.

Bill Reiter, a writer for FoxSports.com, was at the scene and sent out a tweet: "When gunfire broke out there was a stampede people, all of us hiding under seats we didn't fit under, we burst through the door to outside."

Tory Belleci from the TV show "Mythbusters" tweeted: "Heard gun shots then everyone starting running for the door. Not sure if anyone was hurt."

According to multiple reports the suspect may have been wearing camouflage when he walked into the terminal and opened fire. News media outlets reported that the shooter appeared to be targeting TSA agents at the security checkpoint, MyFoxLA.com reported.

The airlines that use the terminal are Allegiant Air, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, Virgin America and Virgin Australia. All upper level roadways are temporarily blocked by law enforcement.  The general public is being held back at law enforcement.  Other than arriving flights, flight operations have been temporary held.

FOX News' Adam Housley, Edmund DeMarche The Associated Press contributed to this report

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