Australia: Man arrested for firing multiple shots in check-in area of Canberra Airport

A man is in custody after firing multiple shots in the check-in area of Canberra Airport.

The airport was evacuated and planes were grounded for about three hours on Sunday afternoon as police recovered the firearm and swept the terminal.

No one was injured during the incident.

ACT Policing Detective Acting Superintendent Dave Craft said the man entered the airport at about 1:30pm on Sunday and sat near the glass windows of the departures check-in area.

“After approximately five minutes this male has removed the firearm from his possession and let off approximately five rounds,” he said.

“From what I can see from the crime scene, the male has let the shots off at the glass within the terminal.

“There were no shots directed at people … customers or staff.”

Three bullet holes can be seen in the glass windows of the departures hall.

Superintendent Craft said police believed the man acted alone and that there was no ongoing threat to the community.

“We have no idea of any motivation,” he said.

“At this stage, it is our understanding the male arrived at the airport and did not go through any flight screening process.”

He said the man was believed to be the only person responsible for the incident.