False Alarm: Chaos ensues at Las Vegas airport over shooting

By Ellen James August 15, 2022
Chaos ensues at Las Vegas airport after unfounded of active shooter 

Several flight were delayed at Harry Reid International airport early Sunday morning after security checkpoints were massively compromised by panicked travelers over alleged shooting. 

It happened after a stampede broke out, when false reports of a shooting quickly spread, according to police.

A loud noise was heard in Terminal One around 430 am which wreaked havoc. 

LVMPD said the noise is believed to be the result of an unruly person, who was taken into custody with airport officials describing it as a security incident.

Scheduled flights were held at a concourses and all passengers waiting at airport had to exit and be screened or re-screened through security. 

Traveler Christopher Neece told FOX5, "Half of the security line dropped to the ground. The other half started to step over those on the ground to get through security. You either ran with them or got knocked down. When I arrived at the front of security, there wasn’t a single TSA agent present." 

'People were running, people that were already in line to get through TSA, they were scrambling and just ran through the metal detectors." 

Another Tawana Malpress who was attempting to go back home to Orlando after getting married in Las Vegas this weekend. revealed about it saying, "It did actually sound like gunshots. It was really really loud, you could hear it throughout the airport... people just started running everywhere, just running out of the airport, just running all over the airport, and my family and I just start hiding behind the kiosk machine." 

The incident created massive lines that backed up all the way to the parking garage. 

What remains unclear is if any injuries were reported as the police has yet to share all the information. 

This is at least the fourth time since May that a false report of a shooting have sent crowds of people scrambling. There was an incident at the Lovers and Friends music festival in May, and then the incident along the Las Vegas Strip July 16, and another at Fashion Show Mall about a week after that.