Actors, broadcasters and sports figures react to developing news of a shooting at the Los Angeles airport
In response to Friday’s shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport, the entertainment industry is questioning America’s gun laws and sending prayers to those affected by the violence.
The mayhem surrounding the shooting has delayed departing flights and held many on the tarmac. Several celebrities have said they’re currently at the airport, including actor James Franco, actor and comedian JB Smoove, singer Nick Jonas and “Mythbusters” stars Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci.
“Landed at LAX at to the news that there was a shooting in the terminal my plane was supposed to deplane at,” Jonas wrote on Twitter.
“Currently waiting on the plane in a remote parking area. I am safe. Praying for the victims of this shooting,” he later added.
Smoove wrote, “Stuck in LAX after the shooting in the terminal. This world is in a bad place. Hope we can fix it. #beblessed”
At the conclusion of a press conference, LAX police chief Patrick Gannon said the gunman had been taken into custody, but did not confirm a Los Angeles Times report that he had been killed. Gannon said the gunman pulled the assault rifle out of a bag and opened fire at the security checkpoint around 9:20 a.m., then proceeded through to the airport where LAX police tracked him.
There are at least seven people with injuries and one TSA agent dead, according to various reports. The airport is now accepting incoming flights again.
Here’s a sample of the statements members of the entertainment industry have made on Twitter.
Kyle Richards: So sad about the shooting at LAX. So many shootings these days. Makes me so sad for our children to grow up like this
Shannen Doherty: Just heard about LAX shooting. What is wrong with people now a days???!!!! Thoughts and prayers go out to wounded and the families
Sara Bareilles: I’m horrified by the shooting at LAX. I feel so saddened by why so many people turn to violence. Only love can take the place of hate.
Deion Sanders: Shooting at LAX! Let’s be in prayer for all involved. God be with them. Truth
Caroline Manzo: suspected rifle used at LAX shooting – how the hell did they gets rifle through security?
Pau Gasol: Shocked by the shooting at LAX this morning. My thoughts and prayers go to the victims of this terrible incident.
Gavin Newsom: My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and those affected by today’s tragic shooting at LAX
Ann Wagner: My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s shooting at LAX.
Jeff Hammond: Just heard about the shooting at LAX, such a tragedy! Prayers go out to all involved.