Dallas police shoot gunwoman after multiple shots inside Love Field airport
Dallas police injured a woman who opened fire inside Dallas Love Field Monday morning, suspending operations at the airport for hours.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie García said Portia Odufuwa, 37, was dropped off at the airport around 11 a.m., where she walked into the bathroom and came out wearing a hoodie. hood. García said Odufuwa then pulled out a gun near the ticket office, pointed it at the ceiling, and fired several times.
An officer shot Odufuwa in her “lower limbs”, and she was taken into custody and then to hospital. City Council member Jesse Moreno, who represents the area where the airport is located, said Odufuwa was stable in a statement released shortly before 2 p.m.
No one else was injured, police said.
“I am grateful to the Dallas Police Department, [the Transportation Security Administration] and the dedicated staff at Love Field for their quick response to keep people safe,” Moreno said in a statement. “It’s something they do every day for people traveling to and from Dallas.”
The FBI Dallas Division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the investigation.
Southwest Airlines suspended flights to and from the airport, and the Federal Aviation Administration halted inbound and outbound flights for several hours. The ground stop was lifted at 2:30 p.m., after passengers were evacuated from the terminal and some returned home. Others had to go through security before they could enter the terminal.
“There is no higher priority for us than the safety of our employees and our customers, who would all be safe, and we are deeply saddened for everyone involved and impacted,” said Chris Perry, Door -word of Southwest Airlines. said in a report.
Operations at Love Field pick up before 4 p.m..
At around 11:45 a.m., hundreds of passengers were waiting outside the terminal, with police interviewing witnesses and directing traffic. Several police cars were staged in the traffic loop in front of the terminal, and officers in tactical gear helped direct traffic.
Baggage collection is prohibited. Kitchen staff say the shooter is shot. We are in confinement in the terminal
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A “jostling” after gunshots
Karen Warner was checking in for a midday flight to Kansas City, where she was to visit her mother, who is in hospice. Warner said The Dallas Morning News she heard a loud argument about 20 feet behind her, followed by a gunshot.
Then she started running.
“I heard about 10 more gunshots as I fled,” Warner said as he waited outside the terminal. She couldn’t tell what the argument was about.
Rockwall Police Chief Max Geron heard the gunshots and said in a text that security held his family in a room until they were told it was safe. Around 12:20 p.m., he said the gust had died down. People were let back into the building and waited for instructions from the authorities.
In a tweet, the chief praised airport security, writing: “I have just been evacuated from Love Field after an apparent shooting. The family is safe. TSA did a great job.
Kyle Mitchell had just gotten off a flight from Denver and was heading to baggage claim when he saw what he described as a “rush of people” running towards the airport entrance.
Mitchell said he was impressed with how police responded and handled the confusion.
The chaos took Mitchell by surprise, but asked if he expected to ever be caught in a rush of people fleeing the sound of gunfire, he shrugged.
“Bad [expletive] happening around the world,” Mitchell said. “You can’t stop it. The only thing you can do is prepare for it. »
This is a developing story. It will be updated.