EUGENE, Ore. — A deadly shooting Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport is causing ripple effects across the country and here in Eugene.
One TSA agent died and several other people are injured.
Police say a man, who appears to have been targeting TSA officers, walked into Terminal 3 carrying an assault riffle and opened fire. The man is now in custody.
In a different terminal at LAX, passengers waiting to fly to Eugene were alerted about the shooting just minutes before boarding.
According to police, the shooting happened around 9:30 a.m., and the flight from LAX to the Eugene airport was set to takeoff at 10:15 a.m. Though passengers who spoke to KEZI 9 News weren’t close enough to see the violence unfold, they say just being in the airport at the same time was very scary.
“I didn’t think we were going to get on the plane, to be honest with you,” said Danielle Schnubly, a passenger who flew from LAX.
Schnubly says she got out of LAX in the nick of time.
“We were kind of in a separate section so we weren’t by the terminal where it was happening, but it was a little scary,” she said.
Schnubly was on the only flight from Los Angeles that landed in Eugene so far Friday. It took off from a different terminal just minutes after the shooting. Passengers say they were just hearing about the shooting as they boarded the plane.
“It wasn’t chaotic at all. Everyone was really calm. They seemed a little worried, but it was good that everyone stayed calm,” said Carrie Huong, a passenger who flew from LAX.
The LAX shooting caused concern for people trying to get out of Eugene as well. Unrelated to the shooting, six incoming flights were cancelled Thursday night due to technical difficulties.
“Some FAA low-visibility operations equipment wasn’t working,” said Cathryn Stephens, Eugene airport spokesperson.
Many people at the airport had their flights rescheduled.
“A few flights got cancelled today and last night, so we got re-booked on American thru LAX. We have a couple hours layover there. Fingers crossed that it stays that way,” said Ria Scott, UO Head Women’s Golf Team Coach.
Scott says the team is on its way to Hawaii for a tournament and hopes to get there with enough time to practice. They say fortunately their rescheduled flight to LAX took off on time.
“For the LAX situation it doesn’t appear that we were affected at all, she said.
Many passengers aboard that midday flight from LAX were traveling to the OSU-USC football matchup Friday night in Corvallis. The airport says there is one more flight scheduled to fly to LAX late Friday, and it expects that flight to takeoff without delays.