Airport shooting leaves 2 injured, causes chaos at Atlanta airport

A shooting at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport caused chaos and panic on Friday, when two passengers were shot and then injured in a scuffle with an airport worker, authorities said. No one else was…

Airport shooting leaves 2 injured, causes chaos at Atlanta airport

A shooting at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport caused chaos and panic on Friday, when two passengers were shot and then injured in a scuffle with an airport worker, authorities said. No one else was injured, they said.

A security officer with the airport’s Transportation Security Administration was also taken to an area hospital, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

A passenger who was in the terminal at the time was injured by flying glass, police said.

The shooting happened around 8:21 a.m. CT, according to authorities.

It took about an hour for federal and local law enforcement authorities to clear the airport.

Since the airport’s last major shooting in 2002, when five people were killed and three were injured, the airport has added features to its perimeters to keep out attackers.

Passengers reported they could see the two injured people being taken away by stretcher. The airport initially had a partial airport closure.

Video showed people running into buildings and out of the terminal.

D.C. police spokeswoman Karla Daub said reports of a shooting at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport were “not accurate.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing an official, reported that the airport reopened around 9:30 a.m.

Advocates for airport passengers have called for measures to address firearm threats in security areas. Lawmakers from both parties, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have said they will support legislation prohibiting firearms in secure areas at national airports.

The terminal where the shooting happened is located near the Delta ticket counter, as well as JetBlue, American and Delta, according to the airport.

“The facts are in and it appears to be an accidental discharge of a firearm,” Karen Bennett, a Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, said, referring to the shooting.

“At this point, it does not appear that anyone was intentionally targeted,” Bennett said.

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