Police say a woman opened fire at Dallas Love Field Airport in Texas on Monday morning before being shot by an officer. During a press conference, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said that no one else was injured and that the woman had been taken to the hospital for treatment.
Garcia estimates the woman arrived at the airport around 10:59 a.m. Garcia claims that after entering the building and stepping up to the Southwest Airlines ticket counter, the woman went to the restroom, changed into something else, probably a sweatshirt, and then began shooting a revolver.
Garcia added that shots were fired at the ceiling and that police have recovered numerous rounds, but they have no idea where the woman was targeting.
The guy was shot in the lower extremities and put into custody after an officer confronted him immediately, according to authorities. She was rushed to Parkland Hospital. The shooting did not result in any injuries to the officers or travelers.
Portia Odufuwa, a 37-year-old woman, was named as the suspect by police.
Airport passengers and personnel captured video of the airport’s lockdown procedures beginning.
Once again, the airport has been released from lockdown.
After the shooting, a representative for the Federal Aviation Administration claimed that Southwest planes were put on hold. After being put on hold for a short while, airport officials have now announced that flights have resumed. Checking your airline’s website for the latest information on flights and departure times is a good idea, airport officials have said.
69 flights were canceled by Southwest Airlines due to the issue, and the airline expects normal operations to resume at 6 p.m. CT.
There was an increase in wait times for passengers as a result of the event, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
“Understand that will take time, so be patient because the number of travelers at checkpoints has just surged enormously,” a TSA official wrote on Twitter.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tweeted that federal authorities were keeping a close eye on the shooting. All first responders on-site are to be commended for their efforts in protecting travelers, he said.
It was later revealed that the man who opened fire on a bank robbery suspect in Wylie, Texas, had been jailed in 2019 for similar charges. In one event, she allegedly handed a teller a note demanding money before fleeing on foot and being apprehended.