NSW man charged with firearm offenses over shooting at Canberra Airport

NSW man charged with firearm offenses over shooting at Canberra Airport

A 63-year-old man from New South Wales has been charged with firearm offenses after allegedly firing multiple rounds inside Canberra Airport yesterday.

About 1:30pm on Sunday, shots were fired inside the airport, and a man was arrested.

No one was injured.

Police allege that the man arrived at the airport about 1:20pm and sat on some seats near the check-in desks on the first floor.

About 1:25pm, they said he drew a firearm and deployed a number of shots into the windows of the building.

Australian Federal Police officers who were stationed within the airport terminal apprehended the man.

Bullets damaged the glass windows of Canberra Airport after the man allegedly opened fire.(ABC News: Harry Frost)

The airport was evacuated and plans were grounded for about three hours as ACT Policing and AFP Airport Police worked in partnership to secure the area and confirmed the man was acting alone.

Canberra Airport returned to normal operations about 5:00pm, with flights resuming shortly afterwards.

Three bullet holes in large glass windows.
At least three bullet holes are visible in the glass windows of Canberra Airport.(ABC News: Harry Frost)

The man is set to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning where police said they would oppose bail.

The man is facing charges of discharging a firearm at a building, unlawful possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm near a person causing alarm.