A woman pulled out a gun inside Dallas Love Field Airport late Monday morning and began shooting toward the ceiling, police say, halting flight operations into the afternoon. The woman, who witnesses said was yelling about her marriage and threatened to blow up the airport, was confronted and shot by a Dallas police officer. No other injuries were reported.
Dallas Chief of Police Eddie Garcia said the woman, identified by police Monday afternoon as 37-year-old Portia Odufuwa, was dropped off at the airport just before 11 a.m. and that once inside she went into a restroom and changed clothes.
Garcia said the woman exited the restroom wearing a hoody or something other than what she arrived in, pulled out a gun and started firing several shots. Most of the shots, Garcia said Monday, appeared to be directed toward the ceiling.
“At this point, we don’t know where exactly the individual was aiming. From what we are seeing she was aiming at the ceiling,” Garcia said. ” There are several rounds that were found.”
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Odufuwa fired two shots into the air and was quickly confronted by a uniformed Dallas police officer. On surveillance video the woman can be seen pointing her weapon at the officer who police said fired several shots in Odufuwa’s direction, striking her at least once in the lower extremities.
During the investigation, police said they found a round in a kiosk near where the officer was standing which indicates the woman fired at least once at the officer.
The woman was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in an unknown condition. No further information about her or the motivation behind the shooting has been confirmed by the police.
Dallas Police are expected to provide an update on the investigation.
The shooting wasn’t the first violent incident at the airport. In 2016, a police officer shot and wounded a man outside of Love Field after police said he advanced toward the officer with large landscaping rocks in his hands after battering his ex-girlfriend’s car with a traffic cone and rocks as she dropped him off at the airport.
WHO DROPPED OFF THE ARMED WOMAN AT LOVE FIELD?
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the woman was dropped off at the airport at about 10:57 a.m.
Police said the woman exited a 2015 Kia Rio with Mississippi license plates and entered the airport without any luggage.
It’s not yet clear if the driver was part of a car service or if they were someone known to the woman. Police have not yet said if they have spoken to the driver.
WITNESS SAYS SHOOTER SAID HER HUSBAND WAS CHEATING
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, after entering the airport and leaving the restroom Odufuwa headed toward the ticket counter at Southwest Airlines at about 11:06 a.m. It was there where witnesses said she made comments about her husband Chris Brown while shouting threats to blow up the airport.
Colby James said he was standing near the woman when she pulled out a gun and started shooting.
James said the woman said she had an announcement to make and said something about her husband cheating.
“She basically said her announcement, talking about her husband was cheating or something. And she basically said she was about to blow this sucker up. After she said that she pulled out a gun. She fired the first shot in the air and basically, everybody scattered,” James said. “We were running. There were 10-12 more shots after that.”
Karen Warner told The Dallas Morning News that she was checking in for her flight when she heard a loud argument about 20 feet (6 meters) behind her, followed by a gunshot. Then she started running.
“I heard about 10 more shots while I was running away,” said Warner, who couldn’t discern what the argument was about.
Cell phone video shared with NBC 5 showed travelers in the secure area of the airport on the ground, behind chairs at the gates and sheltering in place while the shooting unfolded.