Update: Police say no indication of shots fired in JFK terminal
NEW YORK (PIX) — Port Authority officials say a preliminary investigation does not indicate that shots were fired within a JFK Airport terminal Sunday night.
“Preliminary investigation does not indicate shots were fired at JFK. There are no injuries. At this time, no gun shells or other evidence of shots fired has been found,” Scott Ladd with Port Authority said. “The terminal was evacuated out of an abundance of caution. Travelers should contact their carriers. There is substantial PAPD and NYPD presence at JFK and LGA. The investigation continues.”
Reports that shots were fired in Kennedy Airport’s Terminal 8 came in around 9:30 p.m.
Witnesses reported hearing two shots fired in the terminal. No police officers heard the shots.
Demetrius Pipkin was in Terminal 8 when the reports of shots fired came in.
“We were previously told to get on the floor and take cover behind any and everything we could find,” said Pipkin.
Pipkin described the area as a “madhouse” with people running all over but nowhere to go.
“When we finally were able to find exits it led to the runway, which is not necessarily the safest place either,” Pipkin said.
Pipkin told PIX11 by that 11 p.m., security personnel were working to reunite lost children with their parents that got lost in the chaos.