Los Angeles International Airport officials resumed operations after a report of an “active shooter” caused panic, leading to flights delays and even some evacuations.
Passengers re-entered the terminals after being re-screened when the police announced there was a false alarm.
Report of shooting at LAX proven to be LOUD NOISES only No Shots Fired No Injuries investigation continues to locate source— Andy Neiman (@LAPDNeiman) August 29, 2016
As it turned out, the “shooter” was a man dressed as Zorro. And he wasn’t armed with a weapon but instead, was wielding a plastic sword outside one of the terminals when the police arrested him.
Individual in Zorro costume has been detained by @LAAirportPD— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) August 29, 2016
In fact, the man apparently didn’t intend to cause any trouble, according to his interview with CBS Los Angeles.
He told the news outlet that he was “an actor coming from an audition.” He couldn’t change out of his costume and was making a phone call while waiting outside the terminal when “the next thing I know, LAPD is all over me.”
At least two people reported hearing what they thought were gunshots, however, law enforcement sources confirmed there was no shooting at the airport, ensuring all security precautions had been taken.
Police searching LAX after reports. All precautions being taken to ensure safety of public. Remain calm. Thank you for your cooperation— LA Airport PD (@LAAirportPD) August 29, 2016