JFK Airport Operations Resume After Unfounded Reports of Gunfire

JFK Terminal
JFK Terminal

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says things are getting back to normal at JFK Airport after reports of gunfire led to evacuations and flight delays Sunday night.

Police later said those reports were unfounded.

Video posted on Facebook showed a tense scene inside Terminal 8 around 9:30 p.m.

Police urged travelers to get down while they looked for what was believed to be an active shooter.

The reports of gunfire led to the evacuation of Terminal 8, which was also closed along with Terminal 1.

Several flights were canceled, and all inbound flights were held at their points of origin until the all-clear was given.

People who spoke with NY1 say the evacuation was surprisingly calm.

“It was like, the cops there, they were standing, and then they were the ones telling us to go. They told us get out and we all got out through the exit,” said one witness.

“The police were very orderly. They had us orderly exit but they didn’t tell us what was going on,” said another witness.

Police say they’ve found no evidence that any gunshots were fired at the airport.

No injuries were reported.

SOURCES: New York 1 TV



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