Saturday, November 2, 2013

LAX shooter was 'calm, pacing, scanning the crowd' during rampage

Pico Rivera residents Luz and Jose Mendez arrived at Los Angeles International Airport around 8 a.m. Friday to catch a flight to Cancun for vacation. Before they boarded, the couple decided to stop at the Terminal 3 Starbucks for coffee.
In line, they suddenly saw a group of people running toward them and then heard a series of gunshots.
“Down! Down! Down! There’s a shooter!” someone yelled.
In the terminal food court, Demetrius Trammel was inside the Gladstone’s 4 Fish restaurant kitchen when he saw a mob of people running frantically. Some were coming in the restaurant and others running out, he said.
Then Trammel heard a gunshot and everybody dropped to the floor at the same time.
The Mendezes, meanwhile, ran toward the nearby Burger King for shelter. But the couple got separated -- Jose was herded into the kitchen and Luz into a storage room. There wasn't enough room for everyone, Jose said, and some people had to hide under tables and chairs in the Burger King dining room. Jose said he was one of about 40 people “packed” into the kitchen “like sardines.”  
That's about when Trammel said he saw a man emerge from the crowd with what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle in a shoulder holster.
The gunman calmly walked through the lobby with the gun pointed at an angle toward the ground, Trammel recalled.
"He was looking around," Trammel said. "He was calm, pacing, scanning the crowd, like he was looking for somebody specifically."
Trammel said he made brief eye contact with the gunman, then he saw three men in helmets and face masks crouching along the wall, making their way toward the gunman.

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