New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was evacuated on Sunday amid reports of gunshots fired inside a terminal. However, the New York Police Deparment’s chief of special operations took to Twitter to announced that “it appears that no shots have been fired.”
Earlier, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey too issued a statement on Twitter saying that as per preliminary investigation, “no gun shells or other evidence of shots fired has been found.” They said that the terminal was evacuated as a cautionary measure. News outlets reported that JFK airport’s Terminal 1 and 8 were evacuated while police were still looking for a suspect. Police are currently investigating into the incident.
Initially the Port Authority had said they received reports of shots being fired at around 9:30 p.m near Terminal 8. Xinhua News reported that all flights at the JFK airport were cancelled due to the shooting. No other information was immediately available.
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While police forces carried out investigation, panicked passengers took to Twitter to share updates. A Twitter user, Dan Archer, said the police was not giving any details except for saying that “it was not safe to stay here.” Archer initially tweeted saying that gates at JFK airport were being locked down due to the presence of a possible shooter. Later, he said that they were all safe and “the situation has been cleared.”
More details are awaited.