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Man charged with allegedly shooting at Canberra Airport

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Man, 63, charged with alleged shooting at Canberra airport that shut down facility and stranded passengers for hours

  • Man has been charged after allegedly firing five bullets at Canberra airport

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A 63-year-old NSW man has been charged with multiple firearms offenses after a shooting at Canberra airport on Sunday.

Footage posted to Facebook shows a man being detained by police at the airport after the alleged shooting

Police say the man arrived at Canberra airport around 1.20pm on Sunday and sat on chairs at check-in counters before firing five bullets into windows.

The man would not have gone through security.

Canberra airport was evacuated and police arrested the man, who he said acted alone.

The alleged shooting led to a partial closure of the airport.

During the evacuation, there were planes carrying passengers who remained at the airport.

Images posted to social media show bullet holes in the hall windows (pictured) with reports suggesting the alleged gunman fired multiple shots at the glass

Images posted to social media show bullet holes in the hall windows (pictured) with reports suggesting the alleged gunman fired multiple shots at the glass

Images posted to social media show bullet holes in the hall windows (pictured) with reports suggesting the alleged gunman fired multiple shots at the glass

On Sunday, Detective Acting Superintendent Dave Craft said police had “no idea” of the man’s motivation behind the alleged attack.

Detective Craft said the man had not targeted passengers or staff and had not gone through flight screening procedures.

“I just need to reassure people that the airport is safe, that ACT Policing has responded and that there is no ongoing threat to the community or to passengers arriving and departing,” he said at a news conference yesterday afternoon.

More than a dozen police vehicles were stationed outside the airport and AFP agents guarded the building's exterior

More than a dozen police vehicles were stationed outside the airport and AFP agents guarded the building's exterior

More than a dozen police vehicles were stationed outside the airport and AFP agents guarded the building’s exterior

ACT Policing urges witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to call Crimestoppers at 1800 333 000 and quote reference 7187298.