Canberra airport evacuated following gunshots

SYDNEY: Australian capital Canberra’s airport was evacuated on Sunday (Aug 14) after a gunman opened fire, media reports said.

In a statement released shortly after the incident, the Australian Federal Police said it was called to the airport at about 1.30pm local time following reports of gunshots.

“Shortly after one person was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered,” they said.

“CCTV has been reviewed and at this time the person in custody is believed to be the only person responsible for this incident.”

There have been no reported injuries.

The terminal has been evacuated as a precaution and the situation at the airport is contained, the federal police added. 

State police urged members of the public not to travel to the airport. 

Videos posted on social media showed police detaining a man inside the airport as travellers look on. Media and onlookers also gathered outside the airport following the evacuation.