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The man who owned the weapon the caused the 'accidental gun discharge' at Atlanta Airport on Saturday, sparking panic that injured three people and halting flights during Thanksgiving getaway weekend, has been identified as a convicted felon who remains on the loose.
Kenny Wells, 42, is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon at a commercial airport, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm and reckless conduct, police announced.
'We are actively pursuing this individual as we speak,' Maj. Reginald Moorman, the airport's police commissioner, told The Associated Press.
Panic erupted Saturday at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - considered the busiest in the world - after reports of an 'active shooter,' which officials later said was an accidental discharge.
Early on Saturday evening, the TSA revealed exactly what happened while noting that three people who were caught up in the panic sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The TSA tweeted how at around 1:30pm, Wells's bag was being searched at the airport's main security checkpoint.
A 'prohibited item' was identified on the X-ray and TSA informed the passenger not to touch his property.
As the TSA officer opened up the compartment of his bag which contained the banned item, Wells lunged into the bag, grabbing the firearm, at which point it discharged.
Wells then made a run for it and fled the area, running out of the airport exit.
The TSA were at pains to point out that it was not an 'active shooter' incident.
The TSA together with the Atlanta Police Department then decided to implement a ground stop preventing flights from taking off or landing at the airport while Atlanta Police investigated.
Atlanta Airport tweeted that it was an accidental discharge and would be providing more information.
Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for the convicted felon who shut down Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Many passengers were swiftly evacuated after rumors spread of an active shooter
Terminals were seen empty as people scrambled to get to safety under the perceived threat of a shooting
Chaos appeared to ensue at the Atlanta Airport on Saturday
People were on the ground and seen scrambling for cover in a video posted to social media
At one point in the video, someone screams 'get down'
The image above shows scores of passengers who quickly evacuated the terminal after rumors spread of an active shooter
The image above shows passengers inside Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Friday
Chris Burcky, who was standing in Terminal A at the time the chaos erupted, posted a photo showing Terminal T get evacuated