Gun in Luggage Accidentally Fired

Gun in Luggage Accidentally Fired

Some travelers sleepily making their way through airport security in Atlanta Sunday morning got a startling wake-up. A gun detected in a carry-on at a checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was accidentally fired by an investigating officer around 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report.

Transportation Security Administration screeners reported the gun to Atlanta police officer N.J. Phillips, the officer wrote in an Atlanta Police Department report. The gun’s owner was telling Phillips how to clear the loaded .22 Magnum revolver when it was accidentally discharged, Phillips reported. “The weapon was pointed down towards the screening table.”

The gun’s owner, Richard Popkin of Kathleen, Georgia, told Phillips he didn’t realize the gun was still in his bag, according to the police report. Popkin said he originally intended to pack the bag in his checked luggage, but he removed it because he was concerned about the weight limit for his checked bag, according to the report.

Popkin was arrested and charged with carrying a deadly weapon at a public gathering, according to the police report. TSA officers have discovered more than 1,100 firearms at checkpoints this year, the agency said. Firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags or at security checkpoints.

 

Source: CNN.com

2 Dead in Virginia Campus Shooting

A Virginia Tech police officer was among two people killed Thursday on the school’s campus, prompting a sweeping search and school-wide lockdown that lasted over four hours.

Around 4:30 p.m., the school in Blacksburg, Virginia, announced on its Twitter feed that “law enforcement agencies have determined there is no longer an active threat or need to secure in place. Resume normal activities.”

Police said the incident started shortly after noon, when the police officer made a traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall. During that stop, a person who wasn’t involved in the traffic stop approached and shot the officer, authorities said. After witnesses told police that the shooter fled toward a nearby parking lot, an investigating officer saw a “suspicious person” alive in that lot. When the officer circled back to approach the person – described as a white male – that person was dead of a gunshot wound, police said.

A Virginia state police spokesman said that police didn’t shoot the second person, and he wouldn’t say whether the person was a suspect, or whether investigators still are looking for a shooter. But he said investigators feel “confident we located the person,” and that “you can kind of read between the lines.”

The incident comes more than four years after a shooting spree in which a Virginia Tech student, 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui, shot dead 32 people on the campus before killing himself in April 2007.

 

Source: CNN.com

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