‘Mad Men’ Was Filming at LAX During Deadly Shooting, Says Crew Member

'Mad Men' Was Filming LAX During
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AMC production, other bizzers caught up in chaos that killed one TSA staffer and wounded 3 others

Mad Men” was in the process of filming an episode at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning when a deadly shooting incident occurred at the travel hub, according to tweets from a production staffer.

Plenty of other bizzers were caught up in the shooting drama and the traffic snarl that ensued around 9:30 a.m. PT as the airport was evacuated while law enforcement hunted for the shooter.

Dustin Woods, a key grip on the AMC’s “Mad Men,” tweeted that the series was filming in American Airlines’ Terminal 4 at LAX, one terminal away from where shots were fired at approximately 9:20 a.m. PT.


Woods tweeted to TV Guide’s Michael Schneider that the show on which he was in production was “Mad Men,” noting that it was the program’s first day back lensing.

AMC declined to comment.

CBS senior exec VP Kelly Kahl was on his way to the airport for a flight when the lockdown occurred. He was unable to get into LAX and wound up re-routing his travel plans through Long Beach Airport. Amid the chaos, Kahl telephoned KCBS-TV Los Angeles to provide an on-the-scene report.

Actor James Franco was stuck sitting on the ground in a plane when the shooting took place, which he chronicled via Instagram.

Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci, of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” series, were in Terminal 3 where the shooting occurred. Both were on their way to Delaware for the filming of Discovery’s popular holiday special “Punkin Chunkin.”

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“Grant and Tory are safe and being rerouted. Our thoughts are with all those affected by today’s tragedy and our gratitude goes out to the members of the LAPD, Airport Police, TSA, and Virgin America staff for restoring safety to the scene,” Discovery and Science Channel said in a statement.

Late Friday, the FBI identified the shooter as Paul Ciancia, 23, of Los Angeles.

The deadly incident continued to reverberate for thousands of travelers Friday as more than 100 flights were delayed or canceled because of the disruption.

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  1. Rich says:

    What difference does it make?

  2. Joanne Sullivan says:

    oh just another somebody who’s actually a nobody who wants to be a somebody… get over the hatred….COME ON people…..lets be nice.

    • Jon says:

      Joanne, you’re right! We should all sit down and have tea…. This man is deranged and you think we should all be “nice”. Kind of just say “no” to shootings….. you’re a putz!!

  3. schm0e says:

    art imitating nature.

    using the terms loosely, of course.

  4. David Powell says:

    I could see the iconic LAX being a “Mad Men” location, it fits the era perfectly. I am glad all are OK on set but am praying for the shooting victims and their families.

  5. Tim Kitson says:

    So we have time and resources to keep actors protected at the airport. I think they should keep our security at top priority and let them film in gymnasium so our security people are not distracted. I am sure that security resources were probably relocated and peeled away to support the actors and fiming. I am not saying this is the reason this happened but lets take our security at airports secretly and not worry about hollywood.

    • David Powell says:

      First, there is nothing to indicate that this ever happened, as far as taking away from usual security personnel and levels. Secondly, early reports are that the attacker was deliberately targeting the security personnel and was avoiding shooting people who were not uniformed.

  6. priestswife says:

    It’s not surprising that Mad Men can shoot at LAX- isn’t the show now in the early 70s? yup- that’s about right for LAX

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