Gunman kills one at LAX El Al terminal
July 4, 2002 12:11 PM   Subscribe

Gunman kills one at LAX El Al terminal, is killed by security personnel. Developing. Happy freakin' Fourth of July.
posted by scottst (43 comments total)
Could we link to a story, please?

And whats with Drudge using blue for hyperlinks...
posted by insomnyuk at 12:22 PM on July 4, 2002


I thought we were going to have a perfectly calm celebration. Luckily, something happened to justify all the media boogaboo of the last two weeks. Well, I'm sure they won't blow this completely out of proportion.
posted by ColdChef at 12:26 PM on July 4, 2002

posted by ColdChef at 12:27 PM on July 4, 2002

Insomnyuk: red text, white background, blue links... I think it's his way of celebrating 4th of July.

I think drudge's a bit quick to conclude with terror, but it doesn't look good (date, El Al involved).
posted by dagny at 12:28 PM on July 4, 2002

posted by muckster at 12:39 PM on July 4, 2002

Run away! Run away! Run away!

I've given up on letting moron scaremongers run my life.
posted by mark13 at 12:40 PM on July 4, 2002

On CNN, they spoke via telephone to Yosef Bootski (cool name) who apparently witnessed the incident. He said that the shooter was shouting "I can't believe Artie Lange took my job!" I swear, that's what the caller said. The name sounded familiar, so I googled it, and it turns out that Artie Lange is a semi-successful comedian who has partnered with Norm MacDonald (TV, movie) and Howard Stern (radio). If this is true, it really is bizarre. Disgruntled job applicant opens fire at Israeli airline counter in LA? Geez.

Speaking of Drudge's page, why the heck doesn't he use a more "professional" method for updating his page? Isn't that Blogger, et al, is for?
posted by davidmsc at 12:47 PM on July 4, 2002


That was obviously a Stern prankster.
posted by MegoSteve at 12:50 PM on July 4, 2002

davidmsc, are you serious? wow. if this *is* disgruntled job weirdness, my faith in the randomness of the world has just been reinforced times infinity.
posted by donkeyschlong at 12:53 PM on July 4, 2002

U.S. celebrates first Fourth after 9/11

2 die
in Gaza city explosions

2 dead, 2 wounded in LA airport shooting

African plane crash kills 20

what else is going on this fourth of july, and does it have a connection with the number 2??

happy freakin fourth y'all
posted by priyanga at 12:57 PM on July 4, 2002

donkeyschlong, Megosteve is right. Seems CNN always falls for Stern pranks (after the OK bombing, they patched in an idiot caller who attributed it to the "explosiveness" of Robin Given's new book, bababooey, bababooey).
posted by nikzhowz at 12:58 PM on July 4, 2002

MegoSteve: D'oh...never occurred to me. That's about what we should expect from Stern & his ilk. Sorry.
posted by davidmsc at 12:59 PM on July 4, 2002

re: the Stern prank phonecall-
The caller said it was a man with a blond ponytail yelling "Artie took my job," referring to Jackie "the Joke Man" Martling (who was, in part, replaced by Artie).
posted by G_Ask at 1:01 PM on July 4, 2002

This doesn't alter my enjoyment of the fourth in the least. Of course, I'm getting married today so it would take something rather spectacular to deflate my high...
posted by revbrian at 1:02 PM on July 4, 2002

Congrats, Rev! Now, log off the computer and say your vows!
posted by ColdChef at 1:03 PM on July 4, 2002 [1 favorite]

Hey, cool rev. Congratulations to you!
posted by nikzhowz at 1:03 PM on July 4, 2002

At least there are some true patriots out there who haven't forgotten the real meaning of this holiday: shout-outs to your homies.
posted by ColdChef at 1:05 PM on July 4, 2002

Independence for America, while revbrian is giving his up...

Just kidding! Best wishes, revbrian, for a long & happy marriage.
posted by davidmsc at 1:06 PM on July 4, 2002

From a completely detached viewpoint, I think it's interesting that we've reached the point with news where one person's death is reported internationally.

Think of how many times we've heard mentions of one or two people killed in fighting in Israel. It's truly astounding how quickly information travels now.

On the other, in cities where murders are common, often a few will go unreported on the same television channels that report casualities in the Middle East. The whole thing reminds me of the "if a tree falls in the woods" koan.
posted by drezdn at 1:06 PM on July 4, 2002

ColdChef, I can't believe you linked to me. Well, yes I can. I guess I deserve it just a little bit.

Happy Fourth of July, people - celebrate your freedom however you may.
posted by yhbc at 1:16 PM on July 4, 2002

revbrian: Celebrating Independence Day by donning the old ball and chain? That's ironic.
posted by at 1:20 PM on July 4, 2002

Congratulations to groom and bride, revbrian! May you and your wife be happier and happier with each passing year.

Now there is only one handsome, intelligent and hilarious bachelor on MetaFilter. :)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:36 PM on July 4, 2002

"Celebrating Independence Day by donning the old ball and chain? That's ironic."

Ah, so? I was married on April Fools day about 20 yrs. ago. A good omen.
posted by semmi at 1:36 PM on July 4, 2002

Apparently, LA is the place today - Small Plane Crashes into LA Crowd - 6 injured. :-/
posted by thunder at 2:04 PM on July 4, 2002

thunder: Don't let's jump to conclusions, yet. This story suggests the pilot might have been aiming for a nearby airport
posted by electro at 2:23 PM on July 4, 2002

Best wishes, revbrian :)
posted by electro at 2:24 PM on July 4, 2002


So, Miguel, how long have you been married? ;-)

posted by dash_slot- at 2:25 PM on July 4, 2002

RevBrian: I hope you are as happy in your marriage as I have been in mine.
posted by Postroad at 2:41 PM on July 4, 2002

Revbrian, will the ceremony be webcast?

Of course today is a good day to be decisive... as a sidenote, Today in Rotten History notes that on Jul 4 1984, Nancy Reagan first uttered the words "Just Say No".

That's never worked for me... "Just Say Yes".
posted by TuffAustin at 2:48 PM on July 4, 2002

Hey electro - I wasn't actually making any conclusions - just pointing out the connection of news events happening in L.A. today. I pretty much assumed it was an accidental thang. :-)
posted by thunder at 2:58 PM on July 4, 2002

Now there is only one handsome, intelligent and hilarious bachelor on MetaFilter. :)

Oh, Miguel, you are making me blush!
posted by mrhappy at 3:06 PM on July 4, 2002

posted by jcterminal at 3:09 PM on July 4, 2002


posted by fuck at 3:28 PM on July 4, 2002

That small plane crash would not have even made the news had it happened yesterday, or not in LA. Those kinds of things happen all the time in those small private airports. Those little twin props going down, the pilot can level the descent.

We had a deadly one in Cincinnati not but a couple years ago. Didn't make front-page news, if I recall, and I know it didn't make national headlines.
posted by benjh at 3:28 PM on July 4, 2002

revbrian: you know you aren't alone in your activities today, right?

You're lucky. All I heard about the day I got married was that skank from Friends getting married the day before. Hopefully this is a big secret to your guests! (: All the best to you today and every day.
posted by verso at 4:05 PM on July 4, 2002

Yeah, my cat died today actually. I'm going to blame terrorists.
posted by wackybrit at 4:28 PM on July 4, 2002

I love it. Getting married, and stopping by the Filter. Godspeed!
posted by adampsyche at 6:33 AM on July 5, 2002

My 7th anniversary was monday. July is a good time to get married :) Let me tell you, Rev, married life is [long semi-coherent ramble on the nature of married life expurgated. -ed] so congratulations and godspeed!
posted by hob at 8:07 AM on July 5, 2002

If I get cold feet when my wedding day comes this fall, I'll make sure to check in here and get a confidence booster.

(of course, I'll expect all of you single types to try to talk me out of it, too. good luck to both sides.)
posted by ColdChef at 8:11 AM on July 5, 2002

Thank you all.
posted by revbrian at 9:56 AM on July 5, 2002

posted by ColdChef at 10:01 AM on July 5, 2002 is reporting that the gunman is connected to a group responsible for the downing of Egypt Air 990.
posted by ParisParamus at 11:49 AM on July 5, 2002

Hey, PP! Back on topic!
posted by adampsyche at 12:09 PM on July 5, 2002

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