Accused wanted after accidental shooting at Atlanta airport

Evictor wanted after accidental shootings at airport of Atlanta

MISE & Agrave; DAY

A man was actively wanted by US police on Sunday for transporting a gun that accidentally went unloaded at the Atlanta International Airport.

The man, who has previously received criminal convictions, fled the airport after his gun went off when it was discovered at a checkpoint.

“We actively pursue this individual, ”said Major Reginald Moorman of the Atlanta Police Force at a press conference after identifying the individual as Kenny Wells, 42.

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) said Saturday's incident occurred after a “prohibited item” was identified in a passenger's baggage by an x-ray machine at a post control.

As a security guard opened the compartment containing the weapon, “the passenger rushed into the bag and grabbed the firearm, which then discharged

“The passenger then fled the area, running out through the airport exit,” TSA said, adding that the officer asked the passenger not to touch the property. .

The episode prompted dozens of passengers to take cover and left three injured, none of which was caused by the gunfire.

One person was injured by the gunfire. a fall and two others complained of shortness of breath, police said.

Shortly after the incident, at around 1:30 p.m., the airport said on Twitter that there was no “No active shooter”, adding that “there is no danger to passengers or employees”. The police gave the green light shortly before 3 p.m.

The loud noise scared off many people, knocking over suitcases and poles to escape, as shown in footage broadcast by CNN.

People could be heard shouting “Get down!” Get off! ”While others slid across the floor.

Some people took refuge in the restaurants at the airport, while others ran onto the tarmac. The incident happened on one of the busiest weekends of the year, days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Since the start of the year, the TSA has detected more than 450 guns at checkpoints at Atlanta's only airport, the world's air traffic hub and ranked among the busiest with more than 100 million annual travelers on average.

Controversial law of Georgia – state of which Atlanta is the capital – adopted in 2014 allows people to carry authorized firearms at airports, although they do not pass through checkpoints, as well as in bars, schools and churches .

Under federal law, it is illegal to carry a weapon in a TSA control area.

“Firearms, especially firearms loaded, present an unnecessary risk at checkpoints, ”the TSA said.

Passengers may travel with firearms in checked baggage. if they are not loaded, locked and stored in a hard case. The weapon must also be declared.

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