A gunman has been detained at Canberra airport after firing pictures contained in the terminal.
ACT policing mentioned one individual was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered after Sunday afternoon’s taking pictures. No accidents have been reported.
Police have been referred to as to the airport about 1.30pm following experiences of gunshots. Components of the airport have been locked down whereas others have been evacuated. Planes have been grounded.
ACT policing subsequently mentioned the state of affairs was contained.
“[One] individual was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered,” they mentioned in an announcement about 3pm.
“CCTV has been reviewed and at the moment the individual in custody is believed to be the one individual chargeable for this incident. The Canberra airport terminal was evacuated as a precaution and the state of affairs on the airport is contained.
“ACT policing requires members of the general public to not attend the airport at the moment.”
The person fired pictures into the air close to the check-in space, witnesses informed Guardian Australia and posted on social media. On-line footage confirmed the person then being detained by federal police.
One witness reported listening to “eight to 10” gunshots whereas others mentioned it was fewer. There have been additionally experiences it was chaotic with individuals racing out of the terminal “in a stampede”.
A big contingent of police was at Canberra airport on Sunday afternoon with armed AFP officers barring the doorways. At the least a dozen police autos have been current with a whole lot of individuals gathering outdoors the terminal.
One household informed Guardian Australia they heard taking pictures close to the Qantas terminal, suggesting as much as 10 pictures have been fired.
“They informed us ‘run, run’. It was very scary,” one man, who declined to provide his title, mentioned.
ABC reporter Dan Bourchier was on the tarmac on the time and mentioned the aircraft was held as police did a “safety sweep”.
4 bullet holes may very well be seen in three massive glass home windows on the second ground of the airport’s terminal.
Some footage of police restraining a person has emerged:
Helen, who was flying to Melbourne along with her husband, mentioned she noticed a person “taking pictures within the air” not removed from the check-in counter. She described the person as middle-aged, “clear minimize” and holding a pistol. She mentioned she heard about six pictures.
“Safety simply mentioned ‘run, run’, so all of us ran outdoors,” she mentioned.
One other witness, who declined to provide his title, mentioned he was placing his property by way of the safety X-ray machine when the taking pictures began. Safety guards yelled at individuals to go away their objects and run. The person mentioned he was apprehensive about getting his cellphone and pockets again.
Different witnesses claimed that they had heard no announcement or alarm over the airport’s PA system and complained there was a scarcity of quick info.
“Folks simply flooded out in a stampede. Folks have been getting knocked over,” one lady mentioned. One other replace is predicted from the police afterward Sunday.