Travelers were reported to have been evacuated from two terminals because of the JFK Airport shooting in New York, but reports of such incident were denied by the authorities. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that reports of shots being fired were made up.
JFK Airport Shooting: People’s Version
A woman reported to an officer about a supposed gunman a little after 9.30 p.m. The woman’s report evoked authorities to initiate a manhunt for the armed man, according to the New York Post. It was alleged that there was an active shooter at Terminal 8. Along with that, reports said that shots were fired at Terminal 1.
Passengers were evacuated from the building. According to them, police said it was “not safe” to stay inside the airport.
“I went in to get a boarding pass, the guy from the counter bolted out and everybody was running around and I’m like what the f**k,” said Robert, a New Yorker. “We got motioned to go in to security, we wait there and the police motioned for us to go out. So we all ran out…It was freaky.”
JFK Airport Shooting: Authority’s Version
Law enforcement authorities reported that New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport was cleared after the alleged shooting. However, they said that no shooter had been found, and no injuries were reported.
“Preliminary investigation does not indicate shorts were fired at JFK,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement.
“There are no injuries. At this time, no gun shells or other evidence of shots fired has been found.”
The authorities also reported that an investigation was ongoing, said CNBC.
Before these incidents, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed of a “ground stop,” or halt, on flights arriving at JFK due to undetermined reasons. This FAA report came hours before the alleged shooting was reported.