A 37-year-old woman was taken into custody Monday after she fired several shots at Dallas Love Field Airport in Texas and was shot and wounded by a police officer, authorities said.
No other injuries were reported, police said, but the shooting caused travelers to take cover and delay several flights.
The woman was dropped off at the airport just before 11 a.m. and appeared to be changing her clothes into a toilet before standing up and opening fire at the airport, Dallas Police Commissioner Eddie Garcia said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
A Dallas police officer at the airport shot her and punched her “in the lower extremities,” and she was arrested and taken to a hospital, Chief Garcia said. Her condition was not immediately clear Monday afternoon.
It is not clear who or what the woman was referring to when she fired. Chief Garcia said the officer fired several shots at her after she started firing.
In a later update, police identified the woman as Portia Odufuwa and said she had fired a weapon several times into a ticket window at the airport.
Ms. Odufuwa was charged with falsely reporting a fire in Dallas County in April 2021. In June, a judge ruled she was unable to consult her attorney and was incompetent to stand trial, but posed no danger to others, according to court records. .
The judge ordered Mrs. Odufuwa to attend “psychosocial counseling” and live in housing arranged by a health care provider.
Lanasha Darnell, 43, of Forney, Texas, who has worked at the airport since 2020, said she saw people running through the terminal.
“We’ve got drills on evacuation and where to go, but in the middle of it that’s all out the window,” Mrs. Darnell said.
Travelers broke into shops and restaurants, hiding in kitchens and behind furniture. Joe Castronovo III, who had flown in from Orlando, Florida on business, said he got off the Jetway and entered the terminal and “watched people running” as travelers tried to find cover.
Mr. Castronovo’s father, Joe Castronovo Jr., arrived at the terminal to pick up his son as the chaotic scene unfolded.
“I stopped and saw a woman screaming and running away from the building,” said the elderly Mr. Castronovo of Highland Park, Texas. “We were afraid that something was not right. Workers came out and told people to hide.”
Police Chief Max Geron in Rockwall, Texas, east of Dallas, said on: Twitter that he was evacuated from Love Field “after an apparent shooting.”
“Family is safe,” he said. “TSA has done a great job.”
A review of at least 433 active gunman attacks in the United States from 2000 to 2021 found that a police officer shoots or physically restrains the gunman in less than a third of attacks.
Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary, went on to say: Twitter that his office was closely monitoring the situation.
“Grateful to all first responders working on site to ensure the safety of travelers,” said Mr. buttigieg.
The Transportation Security Administration was working to get travelers through security after the shooting and had no estimate of how long that would take, Patricia Mancha, a TSA spokeswoman, said in a statement. According to FlightAware, a flight tracking website, more than 60 flights at Love Field were delayed after the shooting.
Love Field Airport said in a statement that the shooting led to an evacuation and a shelter order as police responded.
The airport said on Twitter that his flight activities were suspended while the Dallas Police Department was investigating, but it announced later that its activities had resumed. The airport still encouraged passengers to check with their airline for flight information.
Alex Traub reporting contributed.