Police hunt for convicted felon who fled Atlanta airport after hidden gun discharged at security | World News


A convicted felon who tried to board a flight from Atlanta with a gun fled the airport after it was accidentally fired in the security screening area.

Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the ensuing panic.

The gun discharge happened when a screening checkpoint employee was conducting a bag search after it was flagged by an x-ray.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said the gun owner was advised not to touch the bag.

However, as the security officer opened the compartment containing the gun, “the passenger lunged into the bag and grabbed a firearm, at which point it discharged”.

The man, named as Kenny Wells, fled from the airport.

Terrified travellers, fearing an active shooter, bolted onto the tarmac on Saturday, halting flights during the busy Thanksgiving holiday period.

“More and more people started running – there was screaming,” said traveller Erika Zeidler.

Authorities are now searching for the 42-year-old gun owner…



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