Police: Preliminary investigation indicates no shots fired at JFK Airport terminal

Posted at 8:21 PM, Aug 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-14 23:15:21-04

NEW YORK -- Police responded to the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after a report of shots fired Sunday night, and, while a terminal was evacuated, police now say they don't believe any shots were fired.

PIX 11 in New York reports the possible shooting occurred inside Terminal 8 around 9:30 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. MT.) That terminal was placed on lock down as a result.

Scott Ladd with Port Authority police said their initial investigation did not yield any evidence of gunfire.

"Preliminary investigation does not indicate shots were fired at JFK. There are no injuries," Ladd told Pix 11. "At this time, no gun shells or other evidence of shots fired has been found. The terminal was evacuated out of an abundance of caution. Travelers should contact their carriers. There is substantial PAPD and NYPD presence at JFK and LGA. The investigation continues."

Witnesses reported hearing two shots, and police evacuated Terminal 8 out of an abundance of caution.

Posts on social media showed activity in the terminal, and at least one airline passenger stated their flight was diverted away from JFK.

Police also closed streets in the vicinity of the airport, and drivers were urged to avoid the area.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. Visit Pix 11 for local coverage of the incident.