Before being apprehended by Australian police, a gunman fired roughly five bullets inside Canberra’s main airport, sending passengers running but causing no injuries.
Following the incident on Sunday, the airport was closed down and evacuated, which resulted in the cancellation of flights.
A police officer was seen restraint a man on the ground within the terminal as the main airport of the capital’s emergency alarm sounded, according to pictures shared on social media.
“In the departures area of Canberra Airport, a man has arrived. He has taken a seat near one of the glass windows “Reporters were told by detective Dave Craft, acting superintendent, outside the airport facility.
He said, “After about five minutes, this individual has removed a handgun from his possession and fired around five bullets.”
According to Craft, the crime scene showed that the man had fired rounds at the terminal’s glass. “No shots were fired that were intended for people or persons.
ABC, Australia’s public broadcaster, displayed photographs that appeared to show many gunshot strikes on the airport’s glass façade.
A middle-aged man with a “clean cut” appearance was seen by a witness who only wanted to be known as Helen “firing into the air” close to the check-in desk, the witness was reported as saying by a reporter for The Guardian newspaper.
The individual was detained, according to the police, and a gun was found. At a city police station, he was being held. Following a review of the closed-circuit television footage from the airport, authorities declared that they thought the man had acted alone.
Police stated that the issue was now “contained” and referred to the airport as a “active crime scene.” According to the police, the shooting’s motivation was not immediately apparent.
Anthony Albanese, the prime minister, claimed to have received information about the shooting. The prime minister issued a statement saying, “I am informed a man has been detained and there is no ongoing threat present.”
Although several flights had been cancelled, Canberra Airport said it was working with airlines to resume operations by Sunday afternoon.