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Milwaukee-area eyewitness to LAX shooting talks to WTMJ about being face-to-face with the shooter

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Milwaukee-area eyewitness to LAX shooting talks to WTMJ about being face-to-face with the shooter

CREATED Nov. 1, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov. 1, 2013

LOS ANGELES - A man with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing a TSA employee and wounding two other people in an attack that frightened passengers and disrupted flights nationwide, officials said.

Los Angeles police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said the unidentified gunman was apparently wounded following an exchange of gunfire with officers and was in custody.

Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed Friday that a Transportation Security Administration officer was killed. Kauffman said the union's information comes from their local officials in Los Angeles.

620 WTMJ producer Armen Saryan's dad was at LAX during the shooting and spoke with Jon Byman about the incident.

"They told everybody to run toward the gate, and I couldn't run because I had my shoes and my belt off. So I was trying to gather up my stuff and get going and a TSA worker walked up right behind me and started yetlling, 'get out of here get down' there so he grabbed my shoes and I just started running," Leon Saryan of Greenfield said. "And I got halfway down the hall, and I was in the hallway cowering when the guy came through. And he had a rifle in his hand and he looked at me and he said 'TSA?' and I shook my head and he just kept going."

 Jon Byman, Jaclyn Brandt, and The Associated Press also contributed to this story.

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