Gunfire at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport this week was an “accidental discharge,” officials confirmed to Fox News on Friday.
Authorities also said the incident was not the result of an active shooter situation.
The discharge was reported Monday after there was an unauthorized person in the terminal, Atlanta police chief George Turner said at a news conference Friday.
“We believe he pulled out a gun from his bag and either pulled the trigger accidentally or not,” Turner said. “We have no indication of whether or not it was discharging a weapon or not. He was taken into custody. There is no indication that it was an active shooter situation.”
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The man responsible for the shooting is a member of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), officials said.
John Hammarley, a spokesman for the FBI in Atlanta, said authorities are working to conduct a full investigation into the incident.
The incident started around 8:00am local time Monday when authorities received reports of a shooting in Concourse D, airport spokeswoman Lisa Rosenberg said in a statement.
All of the airport’s runways and checkpoints were closed while police conducted a “checkpoint and terminal surveillance investigation,” Rosenberg said.
Authorities discovered the firearm around 8:35am local time. The airport was reopened in about an hour and resumed operations around 9:30am.
“We are thankful no one was injured,” Rosenberg said in a statement.
The airport was already open for scheduled operations as of 7:00am local time on Monday.
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