Man shoots himself at Houston airport after firing into air, witnesses and sources say

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 (NBC News) - A man shot himself to death Thursday at the main Houston airport after firing into the air with an assault rifle, witnesses and law enforcement sources told NBC News.

The man had a suicide note in a backpack, the sources said. They said he was fired on by federal agents before producing a handgun and killing himself.

Authorities said the situation was contained and there was no public danger. It happened at Terminal B of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, outside of the secure area.

The Federal Aviation Administration stopped some flights arriving at the airport, one of the nation’s busiest. Police were turning cars away from the terminal.

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(NBC News) - An armed man was shot to death Thursday at the main Houston airport, authorities said.

The man was shot at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and was taken to the hospital, Houston police spokesman John Cannon said. A county forensics investigator said later the man had died.

The report came in at 1:35 p.m. CT from Terminal B, Cannon said. He said police were not looking for anyone else involved but would not say whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

The Federal Aviation Administration stopped some flights from arriving at the airport.

The Transportation Security Administration said it was aware of reports of shots fired but had no information beyond that. Footage from NBC affiliate KPRC in Houston showed emergency vehicles at airport entrances.

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