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Police say 37-year-old woman is in custody after opening fire at Dallas' Love Field airport

Rebecca Cohen,Jake Epstein   

Police say 37-year-old woman is in custody after opening fire at Dallas' Love Field airport
  • Dallas police responded to reports of gunshots at Dallas Love Field airport on Monday.
  • Police said a 37-year-old woman is in custody after opening fire around 11 a.m. local time.

Police said a 37-year-old woman opened fire at Dallas Love Field airport on Monday morning, prompting authorities to respond to reports of an active shooting situation.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia told reporters at a press conference that the woman, who has not been publicly identified, was dropped off at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter at 10:59 a.m. local time.

Garcia said the woman then went into the bathroom and changed into a hoodie. He said that the woman then returned to the ticketing area, produced a handgun, and fired several rounds.

Garcia said it was unclear where the woman was aiming, and it appeared to be at the ceiling. Garcia said officers on the scene shot the shooting suspect in the "lower extremities," and she was transferred to a nearby hospital where she is in police custody.

No one else was hurt and police do not consider there to be an active shooting situation, Garcia said.

The Dallas Police Department tweeted at around noon local time that the terminal was secure. Dallas Love Field Airport is currently under a ground stop "due to security" until 2:30 p.m. local time, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airport tweeted that passengers "should refrain" from coming to the airport. It did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

TSA said in a tweet that it will evacuate all passengers from the terminals and re-screen everyone.

"No exceptions," it wrote. "Be patient & know that safety of travelers & staff is key."

The TSA declined to comment on the initial reports of gunfire but said its staff were "working to get travelers through [the] airport security checkpoint and in from the heat."

Travelers at the scene posted on social media that they were told to take cover in the airport from a suspected shooting.

One traveler, Michael Loewinsohn, told Insider he had just arrived in Dallas when he saw a "massive" amount of people running from a security checkpoint yelling "shooter."

"TSA employees rushed us out of a side door and just started sprinting away from the building," Loewinsohn said. "We are now outside in between the building and the tarmac and we're just told there was a shooter and we are going to need to stay outside for a bit."

Others in the airport posted photos and videos of travelers taking cover and being ushered out of the airport.

"A group of people were running and yelling 'run' and we all immediately took cover," one user said.

Rockwall, Texas Police Chief Max Geron, who was at the scene, said he was evacuated out of the airport upon reports of an active shooting.


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