On Saturday, Nov. 20, an unintentional discharge caused chaos for tourists at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia. The gun belonged to convicted felon Kenny Wells.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), initial indications suggested that the three injuries were not life-threatening.
Despite officials saying there was no active shooter, tourists were seen fleeing areas of the country’s main airport.
“A property search TSO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s (ATL) Main Checkpoint began a bag search due to a prohibited item identified by the X-Ray,” the TSA said Saturday, Nov. 20. “He advised the passenger not to touch the property, and as he opened the compartment containing the prohibited item, the passenger lunged into the bag and grabbed a firearm, at which point it discharged. The passenger then fled the area, running out of the airport exit.”
Kenny Wells, 42, is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon at a commercial airport, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm, and reckless conduct, police announced. He remains on the loose.
“Local airport and TSA leadership made the decision to initiate a ground stop while Atlanta Police Department investigated the incident further,” the TSA added according to Fox News. “Atlanta Police Department gave an all-clear at 3:20 p.m. and TSA began rescreening passengers at that time,”.
People are seen cringing and crawling on the ground in a video provided to Twitter by user @JamariJones_ ATL.
Another user, @DianneCallaha16, reported hearing screams and sirens as individuals boarded a plane to New York.
The is what I am seeing outside my window. I am at the Atlanta Airport, boarded my flight to New York when we heard screams. @Delta is trying to calm people down. We heard screams as people were boarding. pic.twitter.com/y2wEp974NC— Dianne Callahan (@DianneCallaha16) November 20, 2021