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Mistaken Reports of Gunfire Set Off Chaos at LAX
It was actually a car crash; police also got false report of gunman
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2013 7:31 AM CST
Airplanes sit on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Newser) – A sign of just how on edge people at LAX airport remain three weeks after a gunman went on a shooting spree there: A car crash last night led to reports of shots fired and the evacuation of two terminals, reports NBC Los Angeles. Someone also phoned in a false report of a gunman inside one of the terminals, though it's not clear whether it was a prank or someone genuinely confused amid the chaos.

“People were diving behind counters at the restaurants," a witness tells the LA Times. "Then people ran and evacuated very quickly." At that point, police arrived with guns drawn to secure the area. When the dust settled, police explained that it all began when a woman lost control of her SUV outside Terminal 5 and hit several other vehicles. Those nearby apparently confused the echoing sounds for gunfire. Authorities say about 4,600 travelers were affected in some way, mostly through delayed flights, reports KABC-TV.

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Nov 23, 2013 4:00 PM CST
Fear is the greatest human motivator and only through fear you can establish full control by offering little security.
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 23, 2013 12:24 PM CST
If you want to incite panic in a population concentration its not hard. The myth of the "War of the Worlds" panic can be done for real today. We had it happen in my town at a large community college of 8000 students. It started because a student hanging out in the library got a text about a person possibly seen with a firearm on campus. It was a campus in another state where he used to attend. He starts passing the word in the library. Soon people are re-texting it and then administration gets word of it and they re-text it using the campus notification system. The entire 200-acre campus is fully evacuated and swat teams are deployed along with bomb dogs, sheriff, highway patrol, and ATF. The campus turns rapidly into a scene for "Saving Private Ryan." Soon shots are heard in the library were some students were told to shelter in place. Now a nice calm day turns into a nightmare and now, there really is a shooter on campus for real. So the tactical team has to take down the library one student at a time and they finally get down the the very last person in the building. Yes, an armed campus officer who got trigger happy and accidentally fired his sidearm in all of the craziness. But it did not turn out all bad. All of the officers involved received a certificate for 6 hours of CEU credits. That allowed the agencies involved to justify the expenses and saved a lot in the end over using in-service days to get the CEUs.
Tscare333
Nov 23, 2013 11:19 AM CST
The things fear does to us,that useless autonomic nervous system we have serves nothing anymore but to drag us down,and we just refine it with whatever means