A passenger's weapon accidentally discharged at the Atlanta airport, causing panic and halting flights - CNN
Nov 21, 2021 1 min, 30 secs
"The passenger then fled the security checkpoint through an adjacent exit lane with his firearm."

"We're fortunate that when the firearm went off, nobody was seriously injured," Spinden said.

Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the TSA said in a statement.

Atlanta police had previously said no injuries were reported.

The discharged round went into the property of the person who brought the weapon, the source said.

The individual whose weapon was discharged was identified as 42-year-old Kenny Wells, according to Atlanta Police Department Airport Precinct Commander Reginald L.

"We are actively pursuing this individual."

Airports spokesperson Andrew Gobeil characterized the discharge as accidental and said the loud noise created a "sense of chaos."

Airport officials and Atlanta Police know who the individual is, Gobeil told CNN's Jim Acosta, because the incident occurred while the passenger was being screened.

Officials gave an "all-clear," and the airport was resuming normal operations.

A ground stop was called for the airport for all departing flights, per the Federal Aviation Administration, but was soon lifted.

Details about the weapon or circumstances surrounding the accidental discharge have not been made available.

The FBI and the ATF are "providing investigative assistance" to the Atlanta police, according to a spokesperson for the ATF.

Airport personnel "shut off all the escalators and cut off all passengers and turned off the tram," said Romero, the father-in-law of CNN correspondent Nadia Romero.

"Right now airport personnel is doing a really good job keeping everybody calm," he added.

"Delta is coordinating with TSA and Atlanta airport officials to accommodate customers as quickly and safely as possible," the airline said.

"You cannot take a loaded firearm or an unloaded firearm through the security checkpoint at any airport in the country," Page Pate, a Georgia criminal defense attorney and constitutional lawyer, told CNN's Pamela Brown.

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