Reports of Shots Fired at JFK Prove False
(NEW YORK) — JFK International Airport in New York City has reopened two terminals that were evacuated after a false alarm of shots fired caused a panic among passengers.
At about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Port Authority Police received a call of shots fired at the airport's departures area in Terminal 8, prompting security to clear the area.
"The local security guards started yelling active shooter and everybody started running towards into the de-boarding area," said Brandon Webb, a traveler who was in the airport at the time.
"They started saying shots fired, active shooter," Webb told ABC News. "It was just complete chaos at this point. People crying, nobody seemed to know what was going on. The police seemed calm but it seemed like they didn't know what to do."
Shortly after midnight, the New York Police Department confirmed that the terminals had been cleared and determined that no shots had been fired. It was unclear what caused the initial response.
"There are no injuries. There are no arrests, there is no confirmation of shots fired," the Port Authority said in a statement. "But to be cautious, the terminal is being evacuated. Port Authority police are evacuating the terminal at this time."
Less than an hour later, yet another call of shots fired prompted the closure of Terminal 1 at JFK, in addition to a nearby highway, the Van Wyck Expressway.
"Preliminary investigation does not indicate shots were fired at JFK," the Port Authority said in a follow-up statement. "There are no injuries. At this time, no gun shells or other evidence of shots fired has been found. The terminal was evacuated out of an abundance of caution."
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