“At around 1:30 p.m. today (7:30 p.m. HB), a gun accidentally went off in the ATL (Atlanta Airport) security check area,” the airport’s Twitter account said. city in the southeastern United States.
The incident left three slightly injured, said the US Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).
“There is no gunman at the airport,” added the same source, adding that the police were there. In another tweet soon after, the airport insisted there was “no danger to passengers or employees” and that an investigation was underway.
According to an airport spokesperson, the incident took place after a weapon was found in a bag at a security checkpoint.
“When the agent or passenger wanted to take it, it accidentally went off,” Andrew Gobeil, airport communications manager, told CNN.
When the shot was fired, the man carrying the weapon “fled”, he added, adding that the authorities knew his identity.
American television stations, such as CNN, showed footage of chaotic scenes captured by passengers. There are studs on the ground, panicked voices and travelers hiding where they can, but the situation seemed to be quickly sorted out.
American airports are very busy the weekend before the week of Thanskgiving, one of the most popular festivals in the United States.
In the state of Georgia, of which Atlanta is the capital, a 2014 law allows people to carry authorized weapons in public areas of airports, as well as in bars, schools and churches. However, it is illegal under federal law to carry a weapon in a security check area.