A 37-year-old woman fired multiple shots, apparently at the ceiling, inside Dallas’ Love Field Airport on Monday before an officer shot and injured her, authorities said.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a news conference the woman was brought down to the airport around 11 a.m., went inside near the ticket counter and entered the bathroom. She emerged wearing a hooded sweatshirt or some other clothing she hadn’t yet, pulled out her gun and fired multiple shots, seemingly at the ceiling, he said.
“At this point, we don’t know exactly where that person was aiming,” Garcia said.
An officer nearby shot the woman in the “lower extremities,” injuring her and putting her in custody, Garcia said. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
“No other individuals were injured in this event other than the suspect,” Garcia said.
Police later identified the woman as Portia Odufuwa, 37, and did not speculate on her motives.
“We want to make sure that our community knows that this is not an operational situation,” the chief said.
Karen Warner told The Dallas Morning News she was checking in for her flight when she heard a loud argument about 20 feet (6 meters) behind her, followed by gunfire. Then she started running.
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“I heard about 10 more shots while I was running away,” Warner said.
Love Field, one of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s two main airports, suspended airport operations following the shooting but said at around 3:45 p.m. that it was back up and running. The Federal Aviation Administration held the flights for several hours while police investigated, but the flights were cleared to resume around mid-afternoon.
A spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines, which uses Love Field as its hub, said the airline had canceled most of its flights scheduled to depart or arrive at Love Field before 6 p.m. CDT. Southwest canceled 85 flights at Love Field on Monday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.
The shooting was not the first incident of violence at the airport.
In 2016, a police officer shot and injured a man outside the Fields of Love after police said he approached the officer with large rocks in his hand after using a hat. and kicked his ex-girlfriend’s car when she dropped him off at the airport.
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