Reports Of Shots Fired At Dallas Love Field Airport

Late on Monday morning, Dallas police shot and wounded a lady inside Dallas Love Field, forcing the airport’s operations to be suspended for several hours. Portia Odufuwa, 37, was dropped off at the airport at 11 a.m., went into the restroom, and came out dressed in a hoodie, according to Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garca. Before the security checkpoint, close to the ticket counter area, Odufuwa allegedly pulled out a gun, pointed it at the ceiling, and fired several shots.

Odufuwa was shot by an officer in her “lower extremities,” according to Garca. She was arrested before being taken to the hospital. Odufuwa was stable, according to City Council member Jesse Moreno, who represents the region where the airport resides.

Police reported that nobody else was hurt.

According to Moreno’s statement, “I’m grateful to the Dallas police department, [the Transportation Security Administration], and the committed Love Field workers for their prompt response in keeping everyone safe. They perform this service daily for travellers going to and from Dallas. The inquiry is being supported by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI Dallas Division.

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According to Moreno’s statement, “I’m grateful to the Dallas police department, [the Transportation Security Administration], and the committed Love Field workers for their prompt response in keeping everyone safe. They perform this service daily for travellers going to and from Dallas. The inquiry is being supported by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI Dallas Division.

The assailant

According to court records, Odufuwa has a history of arrests and an arson case against her, some of which were dropped after it was determined that she was unable to stand trial. On Monday, it was unclear whose mental health conditions led to Odufuwa’s determination that he was unable to stand trial. Other allegations brought over the past few years in cities all around North Texas included robbery, criminal trespass, and false reporting. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the most serious charge against her stems from an event in Mesquite in October 2019. Officers discovered Odufuwa as she watched her former home burn.

Odufuwa admitted to police that she lit the house on fire on purpose. Odufuwa allegedly said, “I am God’s prophet, and I need an attorney, but I’m basically letting you all know that I am the cause of this fire,” when asked why, according to the affidavit According to District Attorney John Creuzot, the Dallas County District Attorney’s office dismissed the arson charge due to a dearth of scientific evidence.

A rush following shooting

In order to visit her mother, who is in hospice, Karen Warner was checking in for a flight at midday to Kansas City. Warner told The Dallas Morning News that she was around 20 feet behind the altercation when she heard a gunshot.

She then began to run.

Warner stated as he waited outside the terminal, “I heard about 10 more bullets while I was racing away. She was unable to determine the topic of the disagreement. Hundreds of passengers were awaiting outside the terminal at 11:45 a.m., while police officers were questioning witnesses and controlling traffic. Police personnel in tactical gear assisted with traffic control as several police cars were set up in the traffic ring in front of the terminal.

When he heard the gunfire while at the airport, Rockwall police chief Max Geron texted that security had locked his family in a room until they were convinced it was safe. He claimed that at 12:20 the bustle had subsided. Then, people were permitted entry once more as they awaited more instructions from the authorities.

The chief tweeted, “Just was evacuated out of Love Field following an apparent shooting. Kudos to airport security. Families are secure. TSA did an excellent job. Kyle Mitchell spotted what he described as a “stampede of people” sprinting toward the airport entrance as he was making his way toward baggage claim after getting off a flight from Denver. Mitchell expressed his admiration for the police’s response and management of the chaos.

When asked if he ever anticipated being caught in a surge of people fleeing the sound of gunfire, Mitchell shrugged his shoulders. Mitchell said, “Evil [crap] happens in the world. It is unstoppable. The only action you can take is to become ready for it. Just before 11 a.m., individuals began to emerge from the pre-security area as Roger and Joan Chamberlain waited at their gate for a trip to Las Vegas before connecting to Eugene, Oregon. Eventually, the police cleared the terminal and their flight was cancelled. Roger Chamberlain stated, “We are just returning home.” “I don’t believe there is any possibility of escaping today.”

Airport reopens; impacted flights

Planes into and out of the airport were suspended by Southwest Airlines, and the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted all incoming and outgoing flights. At 2:30 pm, after passengers had left the terminal and some had returned home, the ground halt was lifted. Before they could enter the terminal once more, other people had to go through security once more.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Chris Perry said in a statement: “There’s no greater concern for us than the safety of our staff and guests, all of whom are apparently safe, and we’re truly saddened for those engaged and impacted.” Around 3:30 pm, Love Field operations were resumed. More than 105 flights entering and exiting the airport had been cancelled as of 6 p.m. on Monday, and dozens more had been delayed.

This was not the first shooting at the airport; in June 2016, a guy brandishing a rock outside the terminal was shot by police after he threw rocks and a traffic cone at her car. Following the gunfire, terrified passengers fled past a TSA checkpoint. In the end, security took everyone out of the gate area and rescreened every passenger. According to officials, it was reportedly the first gunfire in the airport’s recorded history.

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