A major Dallas mall ground to a halt after shots were fired at a ticket counter.
Dallas Love Field (DAL) airport in the US state of Texas grounded all flights and locked down a terminal on Monday, after a female suspect reportedly waved shorts in the air at the ticketing counter. In a video shared on social media, passengers are shown falling behind the seats.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered a ground stop at DAL shortly after 11 a.m. local time. “For security reasons.” By 11:30 p.m., Dallas police had responded to reports of shots fired inside the terminal. One person was taken to the hospital with injuries, officials said. “Officer Involved Shooting” And that the terminal has been secured, local TV outlet WFAA reported.
The suspect, described only as a woman, allegedly fired one or more shots into the air at the ticket counter, sending other passengers running for cover. Responding officers then shot him, according to multiple reports.
A video circulating on Twitter showed passengers sitting on the floor of the waiting area and seeking cover behind the seats.
@DallasLoveField what just happened A group of people were running and shouting “Run” and we all took cover immediately. We have not been told anything. Everything seems calm now. It was definitely a scary experience for everyone. @SouthwestAir pic.twitter.com/zU7QLhFV4C
— Johnny Mojica (@johnnyamojica) July 25, 2022
Another showed a group of passengers waiting outside the building, leaning against a wall in the middle of the heat. The immediate evacuation was managed by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel.
Now we’re out between the building and the tarmac and we’ve just been told there was a shooter and we need to stay out for a while. pic.twitter.com/YgmjCAThSj
— Michael♛Loewinsohn (@MikeyLoewinsohn) July 25, 2022
A 37-year-old woman went into an airport bathroom, changed into a hoodie, then approached the ticket counter and fired several shots into the ceiling, Dallas PD Chief Eddie Garcia told reporters. At that point, a Dallas PD officer shot him. No one else was injured in the incident.
The police declared it terminal. “safe” at noon local time, but the ground stop is expected to remain in effect until at least 1:30 p.m. There was a heavy police presence at the airport as the investigation continued.
Located about six miles (10 km) from downtown Dallas, city-owned Love Field almost exclusively serves Southwest Airlines, a domestic US carrier. Larger Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) handles international traffic.