A number of celebrities were among the travelers caught in the chaos today at Los Angeles International Airport, where a gunman went on a shooting spree, as we reported earlier.
Deadline.com reports that actor James Franco was one of the notable personalities on the scene. Franco reportedly Instagrammed a photo of himself stuck on a plane and tweeted: "At #lax Some S**tbag shot up the place.”
"Tim Daly called in to CNN and delivered one of the most detailed ‘on-scene’ reports," the story adds. "He’d been in a VIP lounge when the gunman was wounded near Gate 35, he said. Very quickly after the shooting ‘The LAPD burst into the lounge…weapons drawn, herding everybody together to make sure there were no bad guys in the lounge,’ he described, noting that ‘having a gun pointed at you’ in real life is a harrowing experience."
Daly said he and others were locked in the lounge for almost an hour, and as they were brought out he reported seeing blood and broken glass on the ground along with a rifle and a number of ammo clips. He credited officials for doing
“an outstanding job trying to keep people calm.”
The report adds: "’Mythbusters’‘ Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci were present in Terminal 3 at the time the incident, Science Channel and parent company Discovery reported this afternoon. Both were en route to Delaware for the filming of ‘Punkin Chunkin.’ Both are safe."
CBS scheduling chief Kelly Kahl became a reporter for a while as he waited outside the terminal, the report notes. Kahl told the local CBS station: “There are a couple hundred people standing there not knowing what to do. Mostly people exiting the airport on foot, walking down Century (Boulevard)."
In response to Kahl’s report, TV Guide Los Angeles bureau chief Michael Schneider tweeted: “Holy crap, @calibadger is live from LAX on KCBS/KCAL right now as an eyewitness of the chaos there."
"Kahl told Deadline he noticed something was wrong as he approached the airport by car, discovered they could not get the car into the airport and parked at a remote location and [walked] in," the story reports. "He was stopped by police and sat outside the airport for a while, making alternate travel plans, and talking to the CBS station about what he was observing."
On cable, "It was the first big live breaking news event for Shepard Smith’s new Fox News Deck, which he used to full capacity," the story reports. "The 38-foot video wall showed chopper footage of LAX and interviews with witnesses, as did various other monitors. Smith frequently went to the set’s 55-inch touchscreen monitor to read out emails and statements from officials."