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Man shot at New Orleans international airport

March 21, 2015

KENNER, Louisiana (AP) — A 63-year-old man was shot at a security checkpoint in the New Orleans international airport after he cut a guard with a machete and sprayed two others with wasp spray.

Richard White entered the airport Friday and went through the TSA pre-check line where boarding passes are checked when he was confronted by one of the guards, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand told a news conference outside the airport.

White responded by spraying the guard with wasp spray, then struck a female officer with a machete, cutting her right arm, Normand said. White sprayed the male officer again before a third officer shot him, striking him in the left chest, left thigh and left facial area, the sheriff said.

White was still alive and in surgery at a hospital, Normand said.

A bystander received a graze wound to the arm during the scramble to get out of the area and a few people received minor cuts from furniture, the sheriff said.

There was no information at this time of a connection between White and the airport, he said. “We don’t know if he was traveling. We’re still piecing together witness interviews.”

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