Stamford resident Regina Kirshbaum and her husband Michael were sitting down to breakfast at Los Angeles International Airport when they saw a "tsunami of people" pushing their way into the restaurant where they were sitting.
"People started yelling, 'get down, get down,'" said Regina Kirshbaum. "Then we heard these officials saying, 'get down on the floor."
Trying to get back home to Connecticut, the Kirshbaums had gotten through security at a 8:45 a.m., not long before a man walked into the airport with an assault rifle inside a bag.
As reported by CNN, the individual approached a checkpoint at Terminal 3 at 9:30 a.m. and began shooting at a TSA agent. The news organization says the agent was shot and killed, and others have been reported injured.
The shooter continued walking through the security checkpoint when he was shot by a police officer.
"When the shooting started, it was horrible. We heard very official voices saying, 'get down on the floor.' I literally thought whoever it was, was the shooter, and that we were done for," said Kirshbaum.
They heard the commands of the officers, but didn't know who they were directed toward as they stayed on the ground.
"It was terrifying," said Kirshbaum.
She says the restaurant's employees sprung into action, and shut a metal gate at the front of the restaurant, and locked its back door.
Recounting the scene, Kirshbaum says peoples' belongings and bags were strewn across the halls of the airport. She says they saw airport employees on the tarmac running, and said "people just took off."
"Whoever this person was that came through here with heavy fire power came through the same security line that we did," said Kirshbaum. "Here I am taking off my boots [in the security line], and some person gets in here with a high-powered rifle. It's mind-blowing."
The Kirshbaums did not know how much time had passed until Los Angeles police told them they were safe, but needed to stay put. She said about 30 to 40 policeman are manning the area where she and Michael are waiting.
"It's so impressive what's going on in here in terms of keeping us all safe and feeling secure," said Kirshbaum. "Ever since the wave of people came into the restaurant, it's been really calm."
Calm, but she says mind-boggling, as they try to piece the morning's events together. Kirshbaum says that as of noon, Los Angeles local time, they are still waiting to be released.
As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, the owners of Agabhumi the Best of Bali say they were finally able to get out from the airport on a Hertz rental car bus.
"The Hertz rental car bus saved the day," said Regina Kirshbaum.
Out of the chaos that unfolded, Kirshbaum says the 100 or so fellow travellers they waited with were kind and supportive of one another -- even while sitting on the floor of the restuarant huddled together.
She also says the restaurant staff and officers did a "great job" of keeping everyone feeling safe and at ease.
Photos sent in by Regina Kirshbaum.