False report of gunfire at JFK prompts evacuation of terminal

NEW YORK (NBC News) — Police rushed to a terminal at JFK International Airport Sunday night in response to reports of an “active shooter” inside — reports that turned out to be unfounded.

Police evacuated Terminal 8 just before 10 p.m. and searched for a suspect. The terminal was shut down and remained closed 40 minutes later.

A senior official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, told NBC 4 New York that no shooter was found and there were no reports of any injuries.

A short time later, police closed Terminal 1 after they say they received additional reports of shots fired in that terminal. An expressway approaching the airport also was shut down.

According to the flight tracking company, FlightAware, all inbound flights were being held at their origin until 11:30 p.m. due to security.

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