CHAOS erupted at an airport in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday amid reports of an shooter....

Fears of an active shooter prompted panic and fleeing, which left people lying on the floor at Hartfield-Jackson airport – when in reality, a passenger ...accidentally discharged... a gun, prompting three people to get hurt in the mayhem that followed.

TwitterFears of an active shooter prompted panic and fleeing on Saturday '/ '

Atlanta Police DepartmentAtlanta police identified 42-year-old Kenny Wells as the passenger who ...accidentally discharged the firearm' '/ '

It was confirmed that there was not, in fact, an active shooter situation, but what authorities are calling an ...accidental discharge....

The TSA revealed that a property search officer started looking at a bag ...due to a prohibited item identified by the X-Ray... at around 1.30pm ET.

A bag search was initiated, and a TSA officer told the passenger not to touch the property.

However, as the officer searched the bag, the ...passenger lunged into the bag and grabbed a firearm, at which point it discharged,... the TSA said.

The passenger – who Atlanta police identified in a Saturday evening press conference to be 42-year-old Kenny Wells – fled the area and ran out the airport exit after the firearm went off, the statement explained.

Additionally, ...early reports indicate three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries,... the TSA said.

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Atlanta police said warrants for Wells' arrest have been issued.

Wells is being charged with carrying a concealed weapon at a commercial airport and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Read our Atlanta airport shooting live blog for the very latest news and updates...

A source told CNN that the three injured – all reportedly adults – were not hit by the firearm, but instead hurt as they were evacuating the area.

Two of the injured were transported to a nearby hospital, according to the source.

Traveler Erika Zeidler recounted seeing people running down a hallway in the airport as she sat in a restaurant.

She told CNN: ...We thought they were late for a flight, and then more and more people started running.

...There was some screaming and then somebody stopped and said, ...There's a shooter, you need to go.'...

TSA said in a statement: ...At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, a firearm was accidentally discharged by a passenger in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Main Checkpoint.

...This was not an active shooter event.

...However, local airport and TSA leadership made the decision to initiate a ground stop while Atlanta Police Department investigated the incident further.

...An all clear was given at 3:20 PM and passengers in the airport are being re-screened.

...TSA officers have detected more than 450 firearms at ATL checkpoints in 2021. This incident underscores the importance of checking personal belongings for dangerous items before leaving for the airport...

...Firearms, particularly loaded firearms, introduce an unnecessary risk at checkpoints, have no place in the passenger cabin of an airplane, and represent a very costly mistake for the passengers who attempt to board a flight with them.

...When passengers bring firearms to airport checkpoints, TSA will assess a civil penalty that varies by number of previous offenses and whether the firearm was loaded at the time....

This statement comes after a series of tweets was released by the airport, addressing the incident and providing real-time updates as they become available.

The Atlanta Police Department, which originally reported no injuries, later updated their statement to include that airport operations had returned to normal by 4pm ET.

Multiple folks who were at the airport at the time of the incident reported hearing ...3 pops....

Video footage posted to Twitter shows people laying on the floor amidst screams of ...get down... in the background.

...I was evacuated from the Atlanta airport a few minutes ago because of an apparent active shooter situation,... tweeted Ned Lannamann.

...I’m in no danger but don’t really have any more information. Hope no one is hurt....

Another person took to Twitter stating that people were ...sprinting to the parking deck....

...Security telling travelers to evacuate,... Lucas McCoy tweeted.

Twitter user Dianne Callahan shared her experience: ...I’m at the Atlanta Airport just boarded my flight to New York and we had to close our doors because of an alleged active shooter in the terminal. @Delta is managing this as professional as always....

In a later tweet, Callahan wrote: ...Evacuating flight to be re-screened....

The investigation is ongoing as officials work to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

TwitterAirportgoers though there was an shooter' and dropped to the floor in fear '/ '

Twitter/mohiterajas/via REUTERSThe TSA said ...early reports indicate three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries' '/ '

Chaos erupted after reports of gunshots

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