LAX shooting victim, TSA agent, recalls the scene
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Transportation Security Administration officer who was shot and wounded during the gunfire at Los Angeles International Airport said today his first concern at the time was taking care of the people around him.
“I’m just a regular person,” said Tony Grigsby, a TSA behavior detection officer. “I’m not here for fame or glory.”
Grigsby was shot twice — allegedly by suspected gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia — including once in the foot, as he tried to help a person to safety.
“I turned around and there was a gunman, and he shot me twice,” Grigsby said.
As he moved further into the terminal, Grigsby said, people were asking him if he had been shot.
“All I could think about was helping them,” he said. “I may be injured right now, but my first concern is to take care of you.
“We don’t know where the gunman is at, so I would like to make sure people are safe, and don’t worry about me.”
Grigsby spoke to reporters near his family’s home in the South Los Angeles area. He became emotional while describing his friendship with Gerardo Hernandez, a fellow TSA agent who was killed in Friday’s shooting. He said he was only today realizing that he would never speak to him again.
Grigsby, 36, leaned heavily on a cane as he limped away after addressing the media.
He said he joined the TSA in 2004 to protect people, “people like my mother,” who is also a TSA agent.