JFK Terminals 1, 8 Evacuated After Reports of Shots Fired, Hundreds of Flights Delayed or Cancelled

By Paul Riegler on 14 August 2016
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Security checkpoint at JFK's Terminal 1

Security checkpoint at JFK’s Terminal 1

Two terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport were evacuated Sunday night after police received a report of someone with a gun and, later, of shots being fired.

The first report that shots were fired in Terminal 8 at JFK occurred around 9:30 p.m. One traveler told police she had seen a man with a gun while several others reported having heard two shots fired. No one else including police officers in the terminal reported hearing anything, however.

At 10:15, police received another report of shots being fired, this time at Terminal 1.

“I had just arrived at Terminal 1 and saw several groups of people moving very quickly as if they were late for a flight. Moments later, the flood gates burst and hundreds of people came running out,” said Jonathan Spira, FBT’s editorial director, who was at JFK earlier this evening.

Meanwhile, numerous flights leaving JFK were delayed or cancelled while many inbound flights were diverted to other airports.

“Preliminary investigation does not indicate shots were fired at JFK,” said the Port Authority, which operates the airport, in a statement. “At this time no gun shells or other evidence of shots being fired has been found.”

By 11:30 p.m., the Port Authority reported it was in the process of reopening the two terminals.

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