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New Orleans airport reopens following shooting

Associated Press

Kenner, La. — The New Orleans airport concourse that became a scene of chaos when a machete-wielding man was shot by a sheriff’s lieutenant is open again and a spokeswoman says airport operations are normal.

Meanwhile, the suspect in the bizarre Friday night attack at New Orleans International Airport remained in serious condition Saturday morning.

Col. John Fortunato of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said investigators still don’t know the motive for the attack.

Sixty-two-year-old Richard White of Kenner is alleged to have approached a security checkpoint, where he sprayed agents and travelers with bug spray 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 checkpoint.