LAX Shooting: Glee’s Mark Salling Was Supposed to Be There — But He’s Safe
Shots rang out at LAX airport in Los Angeles this morning, November 1, at about 9:30 a.m. PST. The gunman shot and wounded multiple people with a rifle in Terminal 3, and Terminals 2 and 3 of the airport were quickly evacuated. The Los Angeles Times reports that one TSA officer has been killed.
Glee’s Mark Salling (Puck) was scheduled to depart from Los Angeles to his home state of Texas from that very Terminal 3. Luckily, the Glee actor’s flight was later in the day. He heard about the crisis while en route to the airport, and quickly turned his car around.
“Otw to lax and I hear there was a shooting at the terminal I'm going to,” Mark tweeted at 11:05 a.m. “No Dallas for me this weekend, hope everyone is ok. I hate u LAX”
Based on the timestamp of his tweet, Mark missed the shooting by just 90 minutes, possibly even less if he waited some time before sending out his message. The amount of time by which he narrowly avoided the shooting is chilling. What would have happened if he’d arrived at the airport even an hour earlier? We don’t even want to think about it.
Unfortunately for Mark, all flights have been grounded, and LAX officials don’t know when they will resume. As Mark wrote, he won’t be able to make his trip home. But you know what? We’re just glad that he’s alive.