Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoint Atlanta
Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

Update: Shooting Suspect at Atlanta Airport Turns Himself In to Police

The incident caused chaos at the airport and resulted in the injuries of at least three people.

A man — who is 42 years of age and was officially named as a suspect in the incident in which a firearm had discharged at the main security checkpoint of the international airport which serves the greater metropolitan area of Atlanta on the afternoon of Saturday, November 20, 2021 — turned himself in to police on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Update: Shooting Suspect at Atlanta Airport Turns Himself In to Police

According to this official press release from the Police Department of the City of Atlanta:

The Atlanta Police Department Is pleased to announce that Kenny Wells (DOB Feb, 1979) turned himself in to the Clayton County Jail on November 30th, 2021. Mr. Wells faces charges of Carrying a Weapon or Long Gun at a Commercial Service Airport, Reckless Conduct, Discharging of Firearms on Property of Another, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. This investigation is still ongoing and there is nothing further to release at this time.

The firearm — which was purportedly used in the incident, caused chaos in the airport for greater than two hours, and resulted in the injuries of at least three people — was found in a trash can on the official property of the airport on Tuesday, November 23, 2021..

An official video of a briefing of the incident was also released via Facebook from the aforementioned police department.

Various videos of the chaos which resulted as the aftermath of the discharge of the firearm appeared via social media from witnesses who were at the airport at that time — one of which noted a law known as the Safe Carry Protection Act which was passed in 2014 in Georgia, which dictates where firearms may be carried by residents of the state; as well as allows residents with a permit to carry a concealed weapon to bring firearms into certain parts of airports, among other areas.

Final Boarding Call

I am not sure why a passenger would be attempting to pass a loaded firearm through a security checkpoint at any airport — and I am still not completely convinced that the discharge was accidental, as the entire incident does not add up to me.

If any additional details are forthcoming pertaining to this incident, I plan on covering them in a future article.

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.


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