Machine Gun Found in JFK Airport Terminal
JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) - Thursday's discovery of a Mac-11, subcompact machine gun pistol at one of JFK's largest terminals is raising a lot of questions: Whose gun is it and how did it get past security? An electrician found the gun hidden in the ceiling of a maintenance closet during renovation work at Terminal One. No ammunition was found.
Port Authority police are investigating but are not concerned that this is part of some larger plot:
"At 10:10 Am today a contractor running cable in the ceiling of a management office at Terminal #1 at JFK found a case in a storage closet containing a Mac-11 subcompact machine pistol. The office which is locked and accessible only to a few people is located OUTSIDE the terminal's secure area. The contractor immediately called Port Authority Police which took possession of the weapon. The PAPD is investigating whether the weapon is operable. No ammo was in the gun nor found near the weapon. "
Police are running ballistics to determine the origin of the gun and the amount of time it had been in the closet.
Terminal One is an international terminal used by Air France, Turkish Airlines, Korean Air and others.
The Mac-11 is known for the ability to discharge its 32-round magazine in less than two seconds.