All parts of the New Orleans, Louisiana, airport was open Saturday morning, hours after a man attacked security agents there Friday evening with insecticide and a machete.Suspect White left a bag in the concourse that produced “a gas smell,” Normand said. The Suspect was not a taxi driver as originally believed. Bomb squad found smoke bombs inside White’s car, along with tanks in the trunk of acetylene, freon and oxygen. Inside his bag left in concourse were six molotov cocktails, a barbecue lighter, and smoke bombs.
The suspect, 63-year-old Richard White, had six Molotov cocktails in his possession when he allegedly tried to attack security officials on Friday night, Sheriff Newell Normand told a news conference.
“He was pronounced dead at 4.02pm,” said a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said a review of security procedures will follow, adding that such is standard after any emergency.
Before he was shot, the man ran through the large gate that performs full-body scans on all travelers. “His family has been very cooperative. We have been able to determine that there is a mental illness component here that’s presented.”The agent killed in that attack, 39-year-old Gerardo Hernandez, was the first officer slain in the line of duty since the agency was created in the aftermath of the Sept 11, 2001, attacks.