PHOENIX - A Valley couple is thankful for getting out of harm’s way after they were at LAX when a gunmen walked into Terminal 3 and opened fire .
Robert Villegas and his girlfriend were in Terminal 2 when the scene unfolded.
“It was just chaos, chaos… everyone was running and screaming,” Villegas told ABC15.
“My main priority was to hide or find a place to take cover, just in case someone started shooting.”
Minutes after taking cover he saw police clearing the area.
"The cops came in with their guns and escorted everyone out. We were right in the area where they had the crime scene and the tarps put out,” Villegas said.
Once outside he got a better idea about what happened.
“I did run into a couple that was in Terminal 3. They say they were standing in line and all of a sudden some guy came in and started shooting. They heard about 30 shots. I'm just grateful we are OK,” Villegas said.
Villegas said he and his girlfriend were due to board a flight for Beijing, China.
Scottsdale resident Barbara McMurray arrived at Sky Harbor seven hours after US Airways flight 402 was to take off from LAX. Her terminal went into lockdown but they still boarded.
"We were told that there was a shooting and they did not know where or how many, but we were to remain on the plane until they got further word," McMurray said.
They were shuttled to the International Terminal where McMurray said it gave her an eerie feeling.
“All these TSA agents are lined up on either side to make sure you don't go anywhere," she said.
She noticed some passengers leave without their shoes on, others left their luggage and ran in panic.
In the end, McMurray says passengers quickly bonded.
"Mothers didn't have enough formula, so other people came forward to help," she said. "The Red Cross came in and provided us with snacks and water and it was pretty orderly."
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