A police officer shot and wounded an armed woman who fired a handgun inside Dallas Love Field airport on Monday morning.
Flights in Dallas, Texas, were put on hold after a woman identified as 37-year-old Portia Odufuwa opened fire at the ceiling, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The suspected shooter was dropped off at the airport at about 11 a.m., proceeded inside near the ticketing counters and went into a bathroom, Dallas police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a news conference. The woman then emerged wearing a hooded sweatshirt, pulled out a handgun, aimed the weapon at the ceiling, and fired several times, Garcia told reporters.
An officer at the scene responded quickly, shooting at the armed woman and hitting her “lower extremities,” police said. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital.
“No other individuals were injured in this event other than the suspect,” Garcia said.
Travelers at the airport reportedly scattered and took cover when the shooting began, according to video posted to social media.
[email protected] what just happened? A group of people were running and yelling u201crunu201d and we all immediately took cover. Nothing has been communicated to us. Everything seems to be calm now. It was most certainly a scary experience for all. @SouthwestAiru201d
— Johnny Mojica (@Johnny Mojica)
Police have not yet determined the shooter’s motive.
“We wanted to ensure that our community knows that this is not an active situation,” the police chief said.
Dallas City Council member Jesse Moreno said the suspect was in stable condition in a statement released shortly before 2 p.m., the Dallas Morning News reported.
“I’m thankful to the Dallas police department, (the Transportation Security Administration) and the dedicated Love Field staff for their swift response in keeping people safe,” Moreno said. “This is something they do every day for people who travel to and from Dallas.”
A spokeswoman for Love Field told the Associated Press that airport operations were suspended Monday afternoon and would resume when authorities had completed their investigation.
“At approximately 11:23 am. Monday, July 25, the Dallas Police Department reported and immediately responded to shots fired in the Dallas Love Field terminal. An evacuation and shelter-in-place commenced as DPD investigated, confirmed, and neutralized the single, shooter threat,” the airport tweeted at 3:03 p.m. ET.
At 4:43 p.m. ET, the airport announced that operations had resumed.
A spokesman for Southwest Airlines, which uses Love Field as a hub, told the AP the airline canceled most of its flights that were scheduled to depart or arrive at Love Filed before 6 p.m. CDT. Southwest reportedly canceled 85 flights at Love Field on Monday, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.
(h/t: The Police Tribune)
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Author: Chris Pandolfo
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