Man Killed After Firing Shots Into The Air At Houston Airport

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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A man caused a frightening scene at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport today.

At around 1:35 p.m., the man walked into a ticketing area inside Terminal B and began firing an AR-15 into the air as he approached a security checkpoint. The man reportedly fired at least two shots before an air marshal fired at him. The air marshal did not hit the gunman with his shot.

After being shot at, the man pulled out another gun and fatally shot himself. In total, around 5-7 shots were fired.

A woman working at a McDonalds inside the airport witnessed the first shots fired by the gunman.

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

Although the whole sequence of events was brief, eyewitness Greg Newburn said the shots had everyone in the airport terrified.

"It seemed like quite a few shots. Everyone was scrambling, running left and running right, turning tables up and hiding behind tables. Nobody knew what was happening. I couldn't tell where the shots were coming from," he said.

All terminals and flights were locked down as a result of the shooting. The Federal Aviation Administration reported that many flights bound for Bush Airport were held back at their departure airports.

The shooter was immediately rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police have not released the man’s identity to the public, though he is said to be around 30 years old. 

Sources: NY Daily News, CNN