SFPD Officers Begin Saturation Patrols At SFO In Response To Shooting Of At Least Three At LAX

After a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that injured at least three, San Francisco police say they are deploying additional officers at SFO.

A gunman with a high-powered rifle was reportedly taken into custody at around 9:30 AM Friday after shooting multiple victims in LAX Terminal 3. The shooting has prompted the shutdown of that terminal, and passengers were reportedly evacuated from at least one plane. The LA Times is doing a frequently updated report that you can follow here.

According to SFPD spokesperson Officer Albie Esparza, “All SFPD SFO staff are deployed and are in terminal saturation patrols in an abundance of caution.”

“We are in contact with the FBI who is the lead agency in the LAX shooting as well as LAXPD TSA and Federal Marshals. We are continuing to monitor the situation in Los Angeles and will remain deployed until further notice,” Esparza said.

At San Francisco International Airport, two Southwest Airlines flights from SFO to LAX have been canceled, and many flights from LAX to SFO are seeing delays of as much as two hours, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.

Yakel said the impact of the shooting will differ by airline. Virgin America, for instance, operates from the terminal at LAX where the shooting appears to have occurred, he said.

“Our best advice is for passengers to check with their airlines for updated flight info,” Yakel said.

At Oakland International Airport, some Southwest Airlines flights have also been canceled or delayed, while other airlines such as Delta appear to be mostly on time, airport spokesman Brian Kidd said.

Officials at Mineta San Jose International Airport were not immediately available for comment.

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