How social media stoked the false shooter panic at LAX

No shots were fired at the Los Angeles International Airport Sunday night, but if you were browsing Twitter during the evening hours, you may have thought otherwise. 

Los Angeles Airport police officers did not identify a shooter. Those false reports came shortly after officials had arrested a man wearing a mask and sporting a plastic sword in Terminal 7, however. 

"Immediately following" the arrest, according to the airport's news release, police received reports of an active shooter in Terminal 8. 

"Word spread quickly through the terminals by word-of-mouth, social media, and additional calls were made to Airport Police about an active shooter in other terminals, with some reporting having heard gunshots," the release read.  Read more...

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