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  14 Aug 2022, 14:06

Police detain gunman in Canberra airport shooting

SYDNEY, Aug 14, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - A gunman fired about five shots inside 
Canberra's main airport Sunday, sending passengers fleeing but injuring no-
one before he was detained by Australian police.

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

Images posted on social media showed a police officer restraining a man on 
the ground inside the terminal as the emergency alarm sounded in the 
capital's main airport.

"A male has entered Canberra Airport in the departures area. He has sat in 
one of the areas adjacent to the glass windows," detective acting 
superintendent Dave Craft told reporters outside the airport building.

"After approximately five minutes, this male has removed a firearm from his 
possession and let off approximately five rounds," he added.

Craft said the crime scene indicated that the man had fired shots at the 
glass inside the terminal. 

"There was no shots directed at people, or persons, passengers or staff," he 
said

Several apparent bullet impacts were visible on the glass front of the 
airport, according to images shown by Australia's public broadcaster ABC.

A woman identified only as Helen was quoted as telling a reporter for The 
Guardian newspaper that she saw a man "shooting into the air" not far from 
the check-in counter, describing him as being middle-aged and "clean cut".

- 'We all ran' -

Police said the man was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered. He 
was being detained at a police station in the city.

After examining the airport's closed-circuit television images, police said 
they believed the man had acted alone. 

The situation was now "contained", police said, describing the airport as an 
"active crime scene". 

Police said that the motive behind the shooting was not immediately clear.

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

"I am advised a man has been detained and there is no ongoing threat 
present," the prime minister said in a statement.

ABC journalist Lily Thomson reported that she heard the shots before people 
started to scream.

She saw a fearful woman looking after a baby. 

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

"We stayed there for a couple of minutes until security told us to evacuate 
out to the car park," she added.

"Everyone was hiding behind chairs and people were running." 

Canberra airport said it was working with airlines to restart flights by 
Sunday afternoon, but some flights had been cancelled.

 


 

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