Dallas Love Field Airport shooting: Officer shoots woman who fired gun, police say

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DALLAS – A woman fired shots inside Dallas Love Field Airport on Monday, sending air travelers scrambling and leading to an evacuation of the terminal. A police officer shot and wounded the suspect, authorities said, and no one else was injured.

Dallas Police Chief Edgardo Garcia said the 37-year-old woman fired the handgun and was shot by police in the “lower extremities,” then arrested.

The woman was dropped off about 11 am near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter, then went into a restroom to change clothes before reemerging, Garcia said.

“She produces a handgun and begins firing. At this point, we don’t know where exactly the individual was aiming, the most of what we’re seeing now is she was aiming at the ceiling, ”Garcia said, noting early information is likely to change as the investigation continues.

An officer who was nearby shot the woman, police said. She was taken to into custody and being treated at Parkland Hospital. Police said several rounds were found.

No information on a possible motive was released.

Kara Chatterton, 20, said she was standing in line Monday at a Southwest ticket counter while trying to book a flight after two earlier flights were canceled. A woman was behind her when the employee at the ticket counter told Chatterton she was in the wrong line, she said.

Chatterton said she moved to a different ticket window about 30 feet away when the same woman who had been behind her began to yell.

“I’m going to shoot,” Chatterton recalled her saying. “I have a gun.”

After that, she said, a shot rang out. Chatterton said she wasn’t sure whether it came from the woman or security reacting to the situation, but then more shots were fired.

Everyone around her got down or ran; Chatterton was among those who fled. As she ran, she tripped and scraped her hip.

She found a worker in a vest and followed the employee onto a bus in a waiting area outside the terminal. They were the only people on the bus as they yelled to the driver that a shooting had occurred inside and to “just go,” she said.

By 12:40 pm, Chatterton, of Santa Barbara, Calif., Was in a car on the way to stay with relatives in Tulsa.

Inside the airport, security lines were backed up as Transportation Security Administration agents rechecked passengers and their luggage. The TSA said although the shooting took place in the nonsecure area of ​​the airport, near the Southwest ticket counter, all travelers had to evacuate the terminal and be rescreened.

“Understand that will take time, so be patient because number of passengers at checkpoint has just increased exponentially,” TSA tweeted. The line Monday afternoon stretched past check-in counters, rental car windows and four baggage claim carousels.

Love Field is a Southwest Airlines hub located less than seven miles from downtown Dallas, with a fraction of the air traffic that serves Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The last shooting at Love Field occurred in 2016, when a man was shot several times by police after throwing rocks at a car during a domestic dispute.

Michael Laris reported from Washington.

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