Flights briefly halted after unintentional gun discharge at Atlanta airport, three accidents reported

Flight attendants wearing protective masks walk through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

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An accidental firing of a shot in the security control area of ​​the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Saturday afternoon resulted in all departing flights being temporarily halted.

The airport announced on Twitter that there was neither an active shooter nor a continuing threat to passengers or employees. Early reports suggest three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries following the incident, Atlanta police said.

“Officials have given the all-clear for #ATLAirport and normal operations are starting,” tweeted airport officials. Details of the incident were not disclosed.

The shot was fired during an airport security check, according to the latest TSA statement:

Around 1:30 p.m. [ET] Today a property search TSO at the main checkpoint of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) initiated a baggage search for a prohibited item identified by the x-ray. He advised the passenger not to touch the property, and when he opened the compartment with the prohibited item, the passenger threw himself in his pocket and grabbed a firearm which triggered it. The passenger then fled the area and ran out of the airport exit.

Various news outlets reported that witnesses said: Panic ensued after the shots in the airport’s domestic terminal. NBC partner WXIA of Atlanta reported that passengers got off planes to wait on the tarmac and around the terminals.

TSA officials discovered more than 450 firearms at Atlanta Airport checkpoints in 2021, officials said. So far this year, almost 4,500 firearms have been discovered at airport controls.

If firearms are discovered at U.S. airports, the TSA will impose a civil sanction that varies based on the number of offenses and whether the firearm has been loaded. The whole List of penalties is on released.

Passengers can generally travel with firearms in their checked baggage if they are unloaded and packed in a locked hard case.

The incident occurred during what is expected to be the busiest vacation travel time since the pandemic began. The Transportation Security Administration said it was awaiting a review 20 million People between November 19 and 28, almost back to 2019 levels.

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Topeka BMX fundraiser raises cash for funeral of 13-year-old killed in unintended taking pictures

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A fundraiser was held at Heartland BMX on Wednesday evening to mark the funeral of DaMya Hudnall, the 13 year old who was killed in the event of an accidental recording.

DaMya’s father, Clarence Hudnall, has been cycling the route for years.

To support him and help the family with funeral expenses, bikers from across the state took part in a race that cost $ 10 per participant, with all of the money raised going back to the family.

In total, the fundraiser raised more than $ 1,000 for DaMaya’s family.

“We just want to help,” said Corey Shepard, Heartland BMX track operator. “We are a big family. BMX is a family world, so we will help our riders and our families as best we can.”

Officers say reason for lethal Pleasure parade was unintentional | Leisure

WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) – The driver who crashed into spectators at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one person and seriously injuring another, accidentally did so, local officials and the leader of one of the groups involved in the parade said Sunday .

Saturday’s crash at Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade initially sparked speculation, including from the mayor of nearby Fort Lauderdale, that it was a hate crime against the gay community.

However, Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Paul Rolli said the early investigation showed it was an accident. The driver was taken into custody, but it was unclear whether he was charged.

“Early investigations now suggest it was a tragic accident, but no one says what it is,” Rolli said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson told reporters that authorities are investigating all possible collisions.

The driver and victims were part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus family, a small group of 25 mostly elderly men.

“Our Chorus colleagues were the injured and the driver is also part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community, “President Justin Knight said in a statement on Sunday, calling it” an unfortunate accident. “

Rolli was sitting on the float in front of the choir with the mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Dean Trantalis, and other city officials. Trantalis said the driver of a pickup truck suddenly accelerated when told he was next in the parade and crashed into the victims.

Rolli was on the other side of the car and did not see the crash, but immediately jumped off and ran to the victims. In the confusion it was unclear what happened.

“People were really desperate and some people were crying,” said Rolli, who explained that the crash occurred in an area where the wagons were lined up so there weren’t that many parade visitors. “I got calls from people I knew on the other end who were waiting for the parade and said, ‘Is that true? Is that true, do we have to worry? ‘ At this point you don’t know yet. “

Trantalis initially told reporters the act was intentional, adding to the confusion on Saturday night.

Wilton Manors is a tightly knit community near Fort Lauderdale with a vibrant downtown area full of cute shops where people line up for Rosie’s famous hamburgers or gossip and drink at Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar.

Photos and videos from the scene showed the US Democratic MP Debbie Wasserman Schultz tearfully in a convertible at the parade.

In a statement on Saturday evening, Wasserman Schultz said she was safe but “deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost”.

“I am so sad about what happened at that celebration,” she said. “May the memory of the lost life be a blessing.”

A choir spokesman said the director refused to give interviews, adding that many members of the small group witnessed the fatal crash and were deeply shaken.

“The reason people are like Wilton Manors is because the whole community is one big family and that’s how we treat each other … and that really shook a lot of people,” Rolli said. “Even if it’s an accident, it’s just the loss of a life.”

June is Pride Month and commemorates the June 1969 police raid on gay guests at the Stonewall Inn in New York, which sparked an uprising by LGBTQ Americans and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement.

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