A manhunt was underway in Atlanta on Saturday night time after an apparently unintended gunshot at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport set off a panic amongst vacationers.

The firearm went off after a passenger awaiting a bag search reached inside his bag for the weapon, FOX 5 of Atlanta reported. After the shot was fired, the passenger ran off from the safety checkpoint and fled from the airport, in response to the report.

The incident was considered an accident and never an “active shooter” scenario, authorities stated.

Authorities later recognized the traveler as Kenny Wells, 42, who they stated was a convicted felon. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest and he was nonetheless being sought late Saturday night time.


“We are actively pursuing this individual as we speak,” Maj. Reginald Moorman, the airport’s police commissioner, advised The Associated Press.

Kenny Wells, 42, a convicted felon, was being sought in reference to Saturday’s gunfire at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, authorities stated. (Atlanta Police Department through Associated Press)

Wells was dealing with costs of carrying a hid weapon at a industrial airport, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm and reckless conduct, Moorman stated.

In the confusion that adopted the gunshot, no less than three individuals suffered minor accidents, the AP reported. They included one one that fell within the airport’s atrium space and two individuals who skilled shortness of breath, the news company reported.

Departing flights had been briefly delayed as authorities handled the incident, FOX 5 reported.

Numerous vacationers posted tweets and movies from the airport because the scenario unfolded.

The gunshot occurred round 1:30 p.m. ET and Atlanta police declared the scenario all clear later within the afternoon, airport officials said in a statement.

No one on the airport was struck by gunfire, an official with the Transportation Security Administration stated.

Hartsfield-Jackson is among the many nation’s busiest airports and the approaching Thanksgiving vacation is historically among the many busiest weeks of the yr for air journey. This yr is predicted to see a return near pre-pandemic ranges of vacation journey, trade watchers say.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.