Reports are coming in from CNN and others that there has been a shooting at Dallas Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Witnesses say that a man (identified as a dark skinned man with dreadlocks) was armed with a rock and attempting to break the window of a car outside the baggage claim area when police officers approached with firearms drawn. The man was ordered to drop the rock, and when he instead advanced towards the officers the police fired their weapons. Video of the incident (click the photo above to view) shows police officers responding to the incident, and while the video cuts away the audio recorded two strings of fire (four shots, a short pause, then six additional rounds) from the officers towards the reportedly unarmed man while police continue to yell “stay down.”
Initial reports are, as always in these situations, sketchy. Some have indicated that police stepped in to stop a domestic violence situation. Again, little is clear at this point.
Since the attack on the airport in Belgium earlier this year, airport security has been on high alert for another similar terrorist attack here in the United States. Unusually longÂ lines at the TSA checkpoints in recent months have made for potentially attractive soft targets for terrorists. Police presence outside the airport has been increased accordingly to try to protect travelers before they enter the secure area of the airport.
The last time there was a mass shooting at a U.S. airport was 2013, where a man armed with a rifle opened fire on the TSA checkpoint killing one TSA employee and injuring many others.