Phoenix police monitor man, child carrying rifle, handgun at Sky Harbor

PHOENIX - A scare Sunday at Sky Harbor is bringing up safety concerns for anybody who passes through the terminals.

A man and his young son showed up at the airport with firearms just two days after a man shot and killed a TSA agent with a rifle at the Los Angeles International Airport.

ABC15 spoke to a woman who saw them both. She's asked to remain anonymous.

She was there when a man with a rifle slung over his shoulder showed up with his young son, who had a handgun holstered to his hip at Terminal 3.

She said she was very uncomfortable and was not the only one.

"I was outraged by it and others around me were outraged," she said.

She saw the man and his 12-year-old son around 4:30 Sunday when she was waiting to pick up her husband.

"The gentlemen had what looked like...someone said it was an assault rifle," the woman said. "I don't really know that, but it was definitely a long gun and he had it holstered on some kind of a shoulder harness."

Tensions were still high after Friday's deadly shooting at LAX, and the woman said many, including herself, were uncomfortable with the pair.

"About six police officers came into the area and they gathered about 10 feet away from this fellow and his son," she said.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, the two were indeed armed as they were waiting for a passenger to arrive.

The man reportedly told police he feared for his and his family's safety.

The woman said the man and his son seemed to enjoy the attention they were getting.

"The vibe that I received from them was that they were rather smug about what they were doing, that they knew the law. They knew what they could and could not do," she said.

The woman is a long-time gun owner and supporter but thinks an airport is not the place for them.

"I think there are circumstances where people should be able to carry guns and have guns, but I don't think this is one of the good ones," she said.

Police did not release the names of the two with the guns. They were escorted out after their passenger arrived.

Phoenix police said even though it may not be the most common sense approach to guns, they do have the right to carry them in public areas even in an airport.

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