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Friday, November 01, 2013 10:02 pm

Obama calls officials after deadly LAX shooting

The Associated Press

President Barack Obama called the head of the Transportation Security Administration to express his condolences to the families and friends of the TSA officer who was shot and killed at Los Angeles International Airport and the two other officers who were wounded Friday.

Authorities say a 23-year-old man was taken into custody after the shooting.

Obama told TSA Administrator John Pistole that he is grateful for all the brave TSA personnel who protect the nation's transportation systems, the White House said in a statement Friday.

Obama also spoke with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to express his gratitude for those who responded to the shooting.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said earlier the president's homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, briefed Obama on the incident.

Vice President Joe Biden was also briefed by phone, his office said.