The New Orleans airport concourse that became a scene of chaos when a machete-wielding man was shot by a sheriff’s lieutenant re-opened Saturday morning. They won’t call it a terrorist attack – but you be the judge:
The man tried to rush security at N.O. Airport (MSY) wielding a machete. They blew at least one hole in him.
Richard White, 62, of Kenner is alleged to have approached a security checkpoint, spraying agents and travelers with wasp killer before drawing a machete from his waistband and chasing a security agent.
White, who is believed to be a former taxi driver, was shot three times by a sheriff’s office lieutenant who was stationed at the concourse.
“We don’t know what his motive was,” Col. John Fortunato of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities said they believed White has worked as a taxi driver. A sheriff’s news release said he had “a few minor arrests.” Fortunato said investigators were continuing Saturday to check into his employment and criminal history.
White approached the security checkpoint at the airport’s busy Concourse B shortly before 8 p.m.
Sheriff Newell Normand said White sprayed Transportation Security Administration agents and several passengers in line at the checkpoint with wasp killer. He then drew a large machete from the waistband of his pants.
At one point a male TSA agent blocked the machete with a piece of luggage as White ran through a metal detector.