Shots fired at airport security checkpoint in Portland, Oregon

Published: Nov. 15, 2023 at 8:31 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2023 at 1:02 PM CST
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV/Gray News) - The Port of Portland is investigating after someone fired a gun outside a security checkpoint at the Portland International Airport.

No one was hurt in the shooting, and Port of Portland police have made an arrest.

A woman said she had just gotten off a flight when she heard at least three shots. After coming out from hiding, she took video of a person being arrested and put into a police car outside of the airport.

The shots were fired in the pre-security public area of the D/E Concourse near the restrooms at about 11 p.m. 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.

She said it was a few minutes later when someone opened the door, she went back into the airport and then outside and saw the arrest.

Police identified the suspect as Laura Marie Patterson, 47.

She is charged with firing a weapon in a public building, interfering with public transportation, unlawful use of a weapon, public mischief, disorderly conduct second degree, four counts of attempted murder and reckless endangerment.

Police have not yet said what led up to the gunfire.