by KATU Staff
PORTLAND, Ore. — A woman is facing attempted murder charges after Port of Portland police said she fired a gun into the air inside of the Portland International Airport Tuesday night.
There were no reports of injuries after the shooting, and a spokesperson for the Port of Portland Police said.
Port of Portland Police said at about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday night a “non-ticketed individual” came out of a bathroom near the pre-security area for the ‘D’ and ‘E’ concourse checkpoint and fired shots into the air.
A Public Information Officer reported that police responded promptly and took the suspect, later identified as 47-year-old Laura Patterson, into custody.
The Transportation Security Administration evacuated the B/C and D/E security checkpoints to ensure the safety of its employees and travelers. TSA officials also stated that normal screening operations resumed after around an hour.
Patterson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on Wednesday morning on several charges, including four counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm in a public building (a class-C felony), interfering with public transportation, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal mischief, reckless endangering, and disorderly conduct.
She is expected to be in court Thursday.