UPDATE (CBS46) — The Atlanta Police Department has announced that 42-year-old Kenny Wells has turned himself in to the Clayton County Jail. He is facing charges of Carrying a Weapon or Long Gun at a Commercial Service Airport, Reckless Conduct, Discharging of Firearms on Property of Another, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. 

Wells reportedly accidentally fired his gun in the screening area of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The incident resulted in other people in the airport to panic, believing there was an active shooter in the airport. No one was injured in the incident. 

The gun was found a few days later in a trash can. 

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UPDATE (CBS46) — Police said Tuesday that they found the gun that belonged to man who accidentally fired it in the screening area of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Saturday. It was found in a garbage can. They are still looking for 42-year-old Kenny Wells.


UPDATE (CBS46) -- Police are actively searching for Kenny Wells, 42, for accidentally firing his weapon at the Atlanta airport earlier Saturday afternoon. 

The search comes after Wells was in the middle of the screening check points at the Main Security Gate, when somehow they recognized there was a weapon in the bag. When either the officer went in or the passenger went in to get it, it accidentally discharged, according to the Director of Communications. 

Below is a chronological rundown of the incident:

Just after 1:30 p.m., multiple people took to social media saying there was a possible shooter inside the airport.

At 2:10 p.m., the Atlanta Police Department released the following information to CBS46:

"It appears there was an accidental discharge of a firearm near the main security checkpoint at HJI Airport. No injuries have been reported and officers are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. No further updates to provide, at this time."

At 2:28 p.m., the airport sent a follow-up tweet on the situation, once again confirming an accidental discharge of a weapon at a security screening area.

Several videos surfaced online of some people running and some people laying on the ground, not knowing what was going on. Other videos showed numerous people being taken out onto the tarmac at the airport for safety reasons.

At 1:48 p.m., the Atlanta flight delays Twitter account run by the FAA tweeted that there was a ground stop for some arriving flights to ATL.

A short time later, at 2:11 p.m., those delays were lifted.

Around 3:30 p.m., an all-clear signal was given and citizens were allowed to go back inside the airport. 

Director of the Office of Communications & Public Affairs for Atlanta Airport gave the following statement around 5:30 p.m.: 

Apparently, it was a passenger. This happened about 1:30 this afternoon. He was in the middle of the screening check points when somehow they recognized there was a weapon in the bag and when either the officer went in or the passenger went in to get it, it accidentally discharged. Obviously, when you were taking a look at that video of everybody running away from that in that enclosed space, loud noise is going to create that sense of chaos, if you will, and that's what happened. Everybody ran out. They took care of it. We know who it is. Talked with the commander of the Atlanta airport police precinct. They're going to detain him shortly and we've got the all clear here at the airport.

Here are some of the videos that were posted from people at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. 

*Warning: Some foul and/or explicit language can be heard in some of these videos.

CBS46 meteorologist Fred Campagna said he had family in the T terminal as the situation was unfolding.

This is a developing story. Stay with CBS46 for updates.

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