Woman opens fire at Dallas airport, shot and wounded by police, officials say – National

A 37-year-old woman fired several shots inside Love Field Airport in Dallas on Monday, apparently at the ceiling, before an officer shot and wounded her, authorities said.

The woman was dropped off at the airport around 11 a.m., walked near the ticketing counter and entered the bathroom, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a news conference. She said she emerged wearing a hooded sweatshirt or other clothing she did not arrive in, pulled out a gun and fired several shots, apparently at the roof.

“At this point, we don’t know where the individual was aiming,” Garcia said.

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A nearby officer shot the woman in her “lower back,” wounding her, and took her into custody, Garcia said. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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“Other than the suspect, no one was injured in this incident,” Garcia said.

Police later identified the woman as 37-year-old Portia Odofova and did not speculate on her motive.

“We wanted to make sure our community knew this was not a proactive situation,” the chief said.

Karen Warner told The Dallas Morning News that she was checking in for her flight when she heard a loud argument about 20 feet (6 meters) behind her, followed by a gunshot. Then she started running.

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“I heard about 10 more shots as I ran,” said Warner, who could not understand what the argument was about.

Love Field, one of two major airports in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, suspended airport operations after the shooting but said at about 3:45 a.m. that they had resumed. The Federal Aviation Administration grounded flights for a few hours while police investigated, but was cleared to resume flights around noon.

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A spokesman for Southwest Airlines, which uses Love Field as a hub, said the airline has canceled most of its flights departing or arriving at Love Field before 6 p.m. CDT. Wally was. Southwest canceled 85 flights at Love Field on Monday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

This was not the first violent incident at the airport.

In 2016, a police officer shot and wounded a man outside Love Field after police said he hit his ex-girlfriend’s car with a traffic cone and rocks, leaving large landscaping rocks in his hands. moved toward the officer as he knocked him down. Airport.

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