Three people have reportedly been injured after shots were fired at a security checkpoint at New Orleans international airport.Xul news is reporting that a man armed with a machete and insect spray attacked two Transportation Security Agency workers before he was shot multiple times.
The man allegedly walked up to the checkpoint at around 9pm local time and pulled out a can of wasp spray and attacked a male officer, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
He is then said to have pulled out a machete and slashed a female officer in the upper right arm.
The male officer grabbed some luggage to defend himself and then was chased, authorities said.
Other TSA officers arrived and shot the man three times in the left side of his chest, face and left thigh. He was unresponsive when he was rushed to a local hospital, officials said.
Passengers nearby suffered minor injuries as they scrambled to leave the area, according to police.
Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said the site has now been secured and it is not thought that flights will be affected.
Video uploaded to Twitter by a witness showed police and medical staff at the scene and a female official on a stretcher.