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Terrorism not ruled out in LA airport shooting: FBI

A man sleeps on a baggage scale at the check-in counter after a shooting incident at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Nov 1, 2013, after a gunman reportedly opened fire at a security checkpoint. -- PHOTO: AFP
A man sleeps on a baggage scale at the check-in counter after a shooting incident at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Nov 1, 2013, after a gunman reportedly opened fire at a security checkpoint. -- PHOTO: AFP
Passengers evacuated from Terminal 1 wait outside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Passengers evacuated from Terminal 1 wait outside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Firetrucks are positioned outside Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov 1, 2013 after a gunman reportedly opened fire at a security checkpoint. -- PHOTO: AFP
Firetrucks are positioned outside Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov 1, 2013 after a gunman reportedly opened fire at a security checkpoint. -- PHOTO: AFP
A board shows many flights have been cancelled or delayed inside Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Nov 1, 2013 after a gunman reportedly opened fire at a security checkpoint. -- PHOTO: AFP
A board shows many flights have been cancelled or delayed inside Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Nov 1, 2013 after a gunman reportedly opened fire at a security checkpoint. -- PHOTO: AFP
Passangers stand on the sidewalk after being evacuated from Terminal 3 and Terminal 2 after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, Nov 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. -- PHOTO: AFP
Passangers stand on the sidewalk after being evacuated from Terminal 3 and Terminal 2 after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, Nov 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. -- PHOTO: AFP
Jacqueline Klee, 37, sleeps in the terminal after her flight to Mexico was delayed after a shooting at Los Angeles airport (LAX), California, Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Jacqueline Klee, 37, sleeps in the terminal after her flight to Mexico was delayed after a shooting at Los Angeles airport (LAX), California, Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Delayed passengers and others wait behind police lines after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Delayed passengers and others wait behind police lines after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Police escort a man in a wheelchair toward medical help during an incident in which shots were fired at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles in this still image taken from video provided by KNBC, Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Police escort a man in a wheelchair toward medical help during an incident in which shots were fired at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles in this still image taken from video provided by KNBC, Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Police tape blocks off the road leading up to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after a shooting inside Terminal 3 at LAX, Nov 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. -- PHOTO: 
Police tape blocks off the road leading up to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after a shooting inside Terminal 3 at LAX, Nov 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. -- PHOTO: 
Delayed passengers watch for the roadside and fire trucks go in and out of the airport after a shooting incident at Los Angeles airport Los Angeles International Airport on Nov 1, 2013 after a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle, killing a secur
Delayed passengers watch for the roadside and fire trucks go in and out of the airport after a shooting incident at Los Angeles airport Los Angeles International Airport on Nov 1, 2013 after a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle, killing a security agent and wounding seven people, officials said. -- PHOTO: AFP
In this photo provided to the AP, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near an unidentified weapon in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
In this photo provided to the AP, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near an unidentified weapon in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
In this photo provided to the AP, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near an unidentified weapon in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov 1, 2013.United States
In this photo provided to the AP, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near an unidentified weapon in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov 1, 2013.United States investigators are not ruling out terrorism as a motive for the Los Angeles airport shooting which Friday left a security agent dead, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said. -- PHOTO: AP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - United States investigators are not ruling out terrorism as a motive for the Los Angeles airport shooting which Friday left a security agent dead, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said.

An FBI statement confirmed that one person - a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent - was killed in the incident.

"It would be premature to comment on a motivation at this time and joint investigators have neither ruled out terrorism, nor ruled it in," it said.

The gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at LA international (LAX) airport shortly after 9am (12am, Saturday, Singapore time), killing the TSA agent and wounding seven people, officials said.

The shooter was reported to be in critical condition in hospital, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

Panicked travelers scrambled to escape after the lone suspect, described by witnesses as a young white male, pulled out the gun and began shooting.

He went through a TSA checkpoint before doubling back into the main terminal area, where he was eventually stopped in an exchange of fire with police.

"The suspect was arrested following an officer-involved-shooting, the circumstances of which are also under investigation by police," said the FBI statement.