'Mythbusters' stars live-tweet LAX shooting, share photos
"Mythbusters" stars Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara gave their followers first-hand accounts of what was happening around them during the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday, Nov.1.
The two were inside Terminal 3, where the shooting took place. A gunman opened fire at a screening checkpoint at 9:20 a.m. in Terminal 3 at LAX, according to KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company. The gunman killed one TSA officer and two other people were shot and injured.
"Grant and Tory were present in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport at the time of today's shooting incident. Both were en route to Delaware for the filming of 'Punkin Chunkin'. Grant and Tory are safe and being rerouted," A statement posted on the official Facebook page for "Mythbusters" posted at 1:18 p.m. PT reads. "Our thoughts are with all those affected by today's tragedy and our gratitude goes out to the members of the LAPD, Airport Police, TSA, and Virgin America staff for restoring safety to the scene."
Both Belleci and Imahara (Warning: Some tweets in the profiles contain expletives) tweeted several photos from the scene including law enforcement evacuating the terminal, crowds of people waiting on the tarmac and inside a holding area.
"Just released from the secured holding area. Sighs of relief. This day doesn't seem real. #LAXShooting," Belleci tweeted at 3:21 p.m. PT. He later added in another tweet, "Finally out of LAX & it's just sinking in. My prayers go out to all the victims of this senseless act of violence. #LAXShooting."
"During evac, I counted officers from Airport Police, LAPD, Homeland Security & other local PDs. All calm, all working together. Thanks guys," Imahara wrote at 11:19 a.m. PT. He later wrote that he was talking to CNN's Anderson Cooper about the incident.
Belleci and Imahara talked to Entertainment Weekly about what they saw and explained that they were in separate areas at the time of the shooting.
"It was like my worst nightmare," Belleci told the magazine. "You hear about these situations on the news, but to actually see it -- to see people running, leaving stuff behind, crawling over each other, crying. You always wonder how you'll respond."
See some of Belleci and Imahara's tweets and photos below.