Houston police report shooting inside Bush Intercontinental Airport

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on May 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 5:32 PM

HOUSTON –- A man shot himself inside Bush Intercontinental Airport in north Houston around 1:35 p.m. Thursday,  the Houston Police Department confirmed with KHOU 11 News.

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered a ground stop at the airport for arriving air traffic.Several planes are stuck on the tarmac until the ground stop is lifted.

The suspect walked into the security checkpoint area inside Terminal B and fired at least two shots into the air with an AR-15 rifle, according to an HPD spokesperson and witnesses. 

A McDonald’s employee who works at the airport witnessed the whole thing.

"As soon as he walked in, he just automatically started shooting quickly," said the employee named Kendra. "And we hear two shots and we just automatically started running. We ran all the way to the back."

An air marshal fired at the suspect, but missed. The man then pulled out a pistol and shot himself, according to an HPD captain.

"We just saw the dude walking in, and he was already suicidal because he put the gun to his head," Kendra said.

He was taken by ambulance to an area hospital but did not survive, according to police. Terminal B has been closed.

There are no other reports of injuries. But several employees and passengers were shaken by the shooting.

 

"It was traumatic it really was, it was too much going on. Everybody was running, and all that stuff, it was a lot going on," Kendra said.

 

Dale Howard, who was at the airport to pick up his sister for a family funeral, was on the lower level when the chaos erupted.

“Right off the bat there were two shots, about an eight to 10-second delay, two more shots, a short delay, then a fifth shot,” he said.

After that, people were running in panic and trying to get out of dodge.

“There was a bunch of screaming, a bunch of people running, people coming down the escalator the wrong way getting away from it,” Howard said. “Leaving their bags on the thing, but uh, there was a banner up there and I really couldn’t see who was involved but police came out of the headquarters up there and I directed them up stairs.”

Terminal B has been closed while police investigate the shooting scene. They’ve already located one bullet in the ceiling, according to an HPD source.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation.

 

Terminal B has been closed while police investigate the shooting scene. They’ve already located one bullet in the ceiling, according to an HPD source.

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