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November 1, 2013

LAX LATEST: TSA IDs 39-year-old as officer killed

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"My whole thing was to get away from him," said Savant, an advertising creative director in Hollywood who was heading to New York City with his family.

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HANDS UP

Ben Rosen, 30, was sitting at the Starbucks in Terminal 3 eating oatmeal when he heard gunfire erupt and people start running in all directions and crouching on the floor.

Police arrived with guns drawn and shouted, "This is not a drill, hands up," he said. Everyone raised their hands and were led out of the terminal.

As they were led out, they saw broken glass from a window that looked like it'd been shot out. Rosen left his bag behind.

"It was scary. I've never experienced anything like this before," he said. "I definitely felt underprepared. In retrospect, you have all these fire drills in school but you don't really have gunman drills."

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DISBELIEF IN TERMINAL

Grant Imahara of the Discovery show "Mythbusters" was in an airport lounge area when he heard gunfire in the terminal and saw police and terrified passengers react. "It was fairly tense, and particularly after we heard the shots ring out, like 'oh my God this is really happening,'" he said.

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HEROICS

LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon said actions of responding officers were heroic. "They did not hesitate, they went after this individual, they confronted this individual in our airport," Gannon says.

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START OF SHOOTING

Gannon says the gunman entered the terminal, pulled a rifle from a bag and began shooting. The gunfire continued at a screening checkpoint before he entered a secured area. Officers took him into custody after a shootout. "As you can imagine, a large amount of chaos took place in this entire incident," he said.

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SEVEN PEOPLE TREATED

Interim Los Angeles Fire Chief Jim Featherstone says paramedics treated seven people at the scene, and six were taken to hospitals.

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