The Associated Press reports:
Police are looking for a man who accidentally discharged a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Saturday after he grabbed the gun and fled, officials said. Flights at the airport were temporarily halted on Saturday after the firearm was discharged at a security checkpoint, causing chaos at the nation’s busiest airport and raising security concerns during the start of a busy week of Thanksgiving travel.
The suspect was identified as Kenny Wells, 42. A TSA officer spotted a prohibited item via X-ray in Wells’s carry-on bag. The officer instructed Wells not to touch the item, but as the officer moved to open the bag, Wells allegedly lunged and grabbed the firearm, which went off, before he fled. Wells faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon at an airport, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm and reckless conduct.
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NEW: The man whose gun discharged in security is a convicted felon. Georgia does not require background checks on unlicensed gun sales.
One person was injured in the airport stampede and two others were treated for shortness of breath. https://t.co/shGkKhxpgJ
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 21, 2021
Atlanta airport exploded in pandemonium today when a gun discharged at security
We just learned that the gun owner who fled the scene is a convicted felon
Georgia had passed a law allowing LOADED guns in airports
America’s worship of guns will be our collective death sentence
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) November 21, 2021
A passenger’s weapon accidentally discharged at the Atlanta airport, causing panic & halted flights. Last month, TSA reported catching 4,650 firearms-majority of them loaded-at security checkpoints in the first ten months of 2021. pic.twitter.com/0gRNuI2jas #GunsDontMakeUsSafer
— Newtown Action Alliance (@NewtownAction) November 20, 2021
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 21, 2021