Bad news for anyone feeling inconvenienced: As you keep reading this story, you are riding in the right direction. The Atlanta airport where you are is relatively safe, and all things considered, probably the best in the country. Nothing to see here. Move along, folks. Forward!
After a shooting broke out at the airport in Atlanta on Saturday night, authorities reported that one person was killed and several were injured. But officials now say the incident was an “accidental discharge” in the Concourse D food court. The shooter is dead, and no other injuries have been reported.
The airport was shut down at 5:05 p.m. local time and remained closed to all flights as of 7:30 p.m. According to CNN, the person who died was a 67-year-old retired Atlanta police officer, though authorities are not releasing his name. Eyewitnesses who were inside the airport at the time of the shooting report that the shooting took place in an open-air area with minimal security, making the incident all the more shocking.
The identities of those injured are not being released. Here is the latest information about those who are present and unharmed. All passengers have been transported to safety. There are no other reports of injuries.
Per CNN, the suspect “appeared to get out of a vehicle” in Concourse D and shoot several people. Atlanta Public Schools reported at around 7:45 p.m. that five middle school students were taken to the hospital with “non-life threatening injuries.”
An investigation is ongoing.