LOS ANGELES – Passengers at one Los Angeles International Airport terminal fled onto the tarmac Monday morning after a mistaken announcement that a man with a gun was on the loose.
LAX Police Department Sgt. Belinda Joseph says some passengers left gate areas of Terminal 2 through emergency doors after the “misinformed” public address system announcement apparently related to police activity outside.
Officers had pursued an unarmed driver to the departures level after responding to a report that he may be trying to commit suicide off airport property.
Somehow, that led to the false announcement. Joseph was unsure how many passengers reached the tarmac but says officers restored order within 15 minutes.
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LAX was targeted by gunmen in November 2013, when a shooter killed a security screening agent, and 2002.