Man accused of firing gun at Atlanta airport turns self in

Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 30, 2021

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a man accused of accidentally firing a gun in his bag at the Atlanta airport has turned himself in.

Police say 42-year-old Kenny Wells was waiting at a security checkpoint on Nov. 20 when his bag was pulled aside for a secondary check.

Police say he lunged into his bag and grabbed a gun, causing it to fire.

Wells then fled with the gun, which was later found in an airport trashcan.

Police said Tuesday that Wells had turned himself into the Clayton County jail.

The discharge of the gun caused temporary chaos and prompted a temporary ground stop on flights.

According to the Associated Press, no one was shot when the gun went off.

The AP reported Wells is charged with carrying a weapon or long gun at a commercial service airport, reckless conduct, discharging of firearms on property of another, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.