A 37-year-old woman was taken into custody on Monday after firing multiple bullets inside Love Field airport in Dallas, Texas and was shot and injured by a police officer, authorities said.
No other injuries were reported, police said, but the shooting prompted travelers to take cover and delayed several flights.
The woman was dropped off at the airport just before 11 a.m. and appeared to change clothes in the restroom before emerging and opening fire inside the airport, Department of Dallas police at a press conference Monday afternoon.
A Dallas police officer inside the airport shot her, punching her “in the lower extremities,” and she was arrested and taken to the hospital, Chief Garcia said. His condition was not immediately clear Monday afternoon.
It was unclear who or what the woman was aiming for when she fired. Chief Garcia said the officer fired multiple rounds at her after she started shooting.
In a later update, the police department identified the woman as Portia Odufuwa and said she fired a weapon multiple times in an airport ticketing area.
Ms Odufuwa was charged with falsely reporting a fire in Dallas County in April 2021. In June, a judge ruled she was unable to consult with her attorney and was not competent to stand trial, but that she was not a danger to others, according to court records.
The judge ordered Ms Odufuwa to undergo “psychosocial counselling” and live in accommodation arranged by a healthcare provider.
Lanasha Darnell, 43, of Forney, Texas, who has worked at the airport since 2020, said she saw people walking through the terminal.
“We have evacuation drills and where we’re supposed to go, but in the midst of it all, it’s all out the window,” Ms Darnell said.
Travelers rushed into shops and restaurants, hiding in kitchens and behind furniture. Joe Castronovo III, who flew from Orlando, Florida, on business, said he got off the Jetway and walked into the terminal and ‘saw people running’ then travelers were trying to get to safety.
Mr. Castronovo’s father, Joe Castronovo Jr., arrived at the terminal to pick up his son as the chaotic scene unfolded.
“I pulled over and saw a woman screaming and running from the building,” said the older Castronovo of Highland Park, Texas. “We were afraid that something was wrong. Workers would come out and tell people to hide.
Chief Max Geron of the Rockwall, Texas Police Department, east of Dallas, said the Twitter that he was evacuated from Love Field “after an apparent shooting”.
“The family is safe,” he said. “TSA did a great job.”
A review of at least 433 active shooter attacks in the United States from 2000 to 2021 found that a police officer shoots or physically overpowers the shooter in less than a third of attacks.
Pete Buttigieg, the transport secretary, said the Twitter that his office was closely monitoring the situation.
“Thank you to all the first responders on site working to keep travelers safe,” Buttigieg said.
The Transportation Security Administration was working to get travelers through security after the shooting and did not have an estimate of how long it would take, TSA spokeswoman Patricia Mancha said in a statement. More than 60 flights at Love Field were delayed after the shooting, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking website.
Love Field Airport said in a statement that the shooting prompted an evacuation and a shelter-in-place order while police responded.
The airport said the Twitter that his flight operations were suspended while the Dallas Police Department investigated, but he announced later that its operations had resumed. The airport always encouraged passengers to check with their airlines for flight information.
Alex Traub contributed report.