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Chef Vernon Cardenas said when he saw a man with dirty blond hair dressed in navy blue clothes and wandering through a traumatized airport he knew immediately he was the LAX shooter.
"He wasn't running around with a sense of urgency like a police officer would be," said Cardenas.
While waiting for his flight to Philadelphia, Cardenas said he heard the shots – “couple of pops” followed by a stampede of people toward his end of Terminal Three at Los Angeles International.
While someone kicked out the exit door and the mob fled to the tarmac, Cardenas stayed behind at the gate area at the circular end of the terminal.
He kept an eye on his bag. It was Cardenas and one other passenger.
"That's when I saw him walking in the middle of like the center part of the terminal," said Cardenas of the suspect.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, D-California, senior member of the homeland security committee, was briefed Friday afternoon about the shooting incident at the Los Angeles International Airport, when a man opened fire, killing one person and injuring others before being shot and taken into custody.
"We know that the shooter was this 23-year-old American citizen, a resident of the L.A. area, Paul Ciancia," Sanchez said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
Ciancia "was armed when he was stopped at the first initial place where you go to show your boarding pass to the TSA person and your ID That's when he pulled out the weapon," said Sanchez.
For more of our interview with Rep. Loretta Sanchez, watch the video above.