Canberra Airport was evacuated and a man was apprehended on Sunday afternoon after reports of gunfire in the check-in hall.
At 1:30 p.m., ACT Policing was summoned to the airport in response to allegations of gunshots in the main terminal building. One person was apprehended and a gun was seized, according to police.
No injuries were reported to have occurred.
Police claim that after reviewing CCTV footage, they believe the person in custody is the only person accountable for the event.
As travellers from different areas of the terminal watch on a video recorded at the airport, police detain a man.
Traveler Alison, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed that she had just passed her bags through security when the incident took place.
“When the first bullets were fired, we were in security. When I turned back, there was a man standing there with what appeared to be a tiny weapon and facing the car drop-off, she recalled.
See the damage caused to these windows by 3 gunshots fired at Canberra airport near check-in. Airport evacuated and big AFP presence as they sweep the entire terminal and interview the alleged shooter. pic.twitter.com/AdlOf3FWvd
— Fran Kelly (@frankelly08) August 14, 2022
Someone shouted “get down, get down,” and we immediately fled the area.
Police advised people to avoid going to the airport right now because it has been evacuated as a precaution and the situation is under control.
According to airline staff notifying passengers who have arrived to pick up passengers, anyone who was on a plane when the building was evacuated is being kept on the plane.
A spokeswoman for the airport declined to comment, stating that it was “now a police problem.”