Police arrest gunman in Canberra airport shooting

SYDNEY (AFP) – A gunman fired around five shots inside Canberra’s main airport yesterday, scaring away passengers but injuring no one before being arrested by Australian police.

The airport was evacuated and locked down, leading to the suspension of flights.

Footage posted on social media showed a policeman holding down a man on the ground inside the terminal as the emergency alarm sounded at the capital’s main airport.

“A man entered Canberra Airport in the departures area. He sat down in one of the areas adjacent to the windows,” Acting Superintendent Dave Craft told reporters outside the building. the airport.

“After about five minutes, this man removed a gun from his possession and fired about five rounds,” he added.

Craft said the crime scene indicated the man shot at the glass inside the terminal.

Police stand guard at the entrance to a Canberra airport terminal. PHOTO: AFP

After reviewing CCTV footage from the airport, police said they believe the man acted alone.

The situation was now “under control”, police said, describing the airport as an “active crime scene”.

Police said the motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he had been briefed on the shooting incident.

“I am advised that a man has been arrested and there are no ongoing threats,” the prime minister said in a statement.

ABC reporter Lily Thomson reported she heard the gunshots before people started screaming. She saw a fearful woman tending to a baby.

“So we all ran and I stayed with this grandma and her baby and hid behind an information desk,” Thomson reported on ABC.

“We stood there for a few minutes until security told us to evacuate to the parking lot,” she added.

“Everyone was hiding behind chairs and people were running.”

Canberra Airport said it was working with airlines to restart flights, but some flights had been cancelled.

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