Laura Marie Patterson, 47, has been charged with four counts of attempted murder and six other charges after the PDX Airport shooting.
The Port of Portland police arrested Patterson after the shooting, which occured when she fired a gun at a security checkpoint inside the Portland International Airport Tuesday night.
A woman said she had just gotten off a flight when she heard shots being fired.
After coming out from hiding, she took video of a person being arrested and put into a police car outside of the airport.
Laura Marie Patterson
The suspect was Laura Marie Patterson, 47, of Kennewick, Washington.
She did not have a plane ticket, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
The Portland of Portland said Patterson is being held at the county jail in downtown Portland.
Police have not said what led to the gunfire.
The shots were fired at the TSA checkpoint for Gates D and E at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
The woman who heard the shots fired says all the people getting off the plane first ducked and ran for cover, and then many of them rushed back to the jet bridge for safety.
She said it was crowded, and people were really scared.
According to her, they crouched for a few minutes until later when someone opened the door and she went back into the airport and then outside and saw the arrest.
No one was hurt in the shooting but a witness reported at least seven rounds were fired.
Laura Marie Patterson is charged with firing a weapon in a public building, interfering with public transportation, unlawful use of a weapon, public mischief, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and four counts of attempted murder.
The TSA released a statement on the incident: “TSA is grateful for the swift actions of the Port of Portland police department Tuesday evening at Portland International Airport following an incident where a non-ticketed individual fired shots in the air of the public area of the airport.
“Out of an abundance of caution, TSA evacuated the B/C and D/E security checkpoints to ensure the safety of its employees and travelers.
“During the incident, TSA worked closely with local law enforcement and supported the sweeps and re-screening that followed after the suspect was detained.
“Normal screening operations resumed after an approximate 60-minute closure.
“TSA will cooperate with any ongoing law enforcement investigation into the incident,”
Footage posted to X (Twitter) by some witnesses showed the pandemonium during the PDX Airport shooting by Laura Marie Patterson.
X user Alexandria The Pro Audio Wiz 🪄 (@DOPECHICKBEATS) shared a video with the caption: “I was on the phone with my friend who was in the bathroom when the shots were fired at Portland PDX airport. It was right outside the bathroom my friend was in by TSA.
*The audio is muted on the video because she was on the phone with me.*
“I’m at the Portland airport,’ X user @kaylalooney27 wrote. ‘No one was hurt. The woman was smiling as she got arrested. Creepy,”
Portland International Airport (PDX) Shooting
Laura Marie Patterson, 47, caused a panic at the Portland International Airport when she fired seven rounds into the air in the PDX Airport shooting.
Portland International Airport (IATA: PDX, ICAO: KPDX, FAA LID: PDX) is a joint civil–military airport and the largest airport in the U.S. state of Oregon, accounting for 90% of the state’s passenger air travel and more than 95% of its air cargo.
It is within Portland’s city limits just south of the Columbia River in Multnomah County, 6 miles (10 kilometers) by air and 12 mi (19 km) by highway northeast of downtown Portland.
Portland International Airport is often referred to by its IATA airport code, PDX. The airport covers 3,000 acres (1,214 ha) of land.
Portland International Airport has direct flights to cities throughout the United States and in several other countries, including Canada, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Iceland. The airport is a hub for Alaska Airlines.
It also has a maintenance facility for Alaska Air subsidiary Horizon Air. General aviation services are provided at PDX by Atlantic Aviation.
The Oregon Air National Guard has a base on the southwest portion of the airport property grounds, and is also the host unit of the 142nd Fighter Wing (142 FW), which operates the F-15 Eagle. Local transportation includes the MAX Red Line light rail, which takes passengers between PDX and downtown Portland, as well as farther west to Beaverton.
There is also Interstate 205, which connects to southwestern Washington (north from PDX) along with many suburbs of Portland (south from PDX).
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