Atlanta airport suspect, in gunfire incident that sparked panic, surrenders to police: report

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Authorities said the suspect was awaiting a judge and subject to explosives and drugs tests, as he was also identified as the same person who punched an officer and made a bomb threat

Atlanta airport suspect, in gunfire incident that sparked panic, surrenders to police: report

A suspect in an incident on Monday night that triggered gunfire and a police evacuation at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has surrendered to authorities.

Kimberly Salva, a spokeswoman for the city of Atlanta, said, “The man has been taken into custody and is being processed for outstanding warrants.”

Salva said the incident was being investigated as an attempted terrorist attack.

The suspect, a 37-year-old from Utah, was being held in the Fulton County jail, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Officers were investigating whether there was a bomb threat and shooting at the airport, the sheriff’s office said on its Facebook page.

Police cordoned off the area around the terminal in the south of the airport, where the initial incident occurred.

CNN television news reported at least one suspect was in custody, and police had apparently cleared the area.

Video from the scene showed people fleeing from the terminal after an apparent shooting, as dozens of emergency vehicles converged on the airport.

Initial reports that there were hostages were unconfirmed.

CNN reported that a bomb squad was on the scene.

The Atlanta airport, the busiest in the world, is home to Delta, United and American, three of the world’s top five airlines.

Officials said there was no threat to the public and no “direct threat” to the airport.

“With the check-in beginning and the boarding process starting, we can be certain the situation will be contained,” Chief of Police George Turner said in a statement.

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