Officer shoots, kills man who opened fire on San Antonio Airport

Lawrence Kim
April 16, 2021

'We're lucky today not to have a lot of people injured or killed during this event'.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says the shooting happened after an officer confronted the man as he started driving the wrong way into the airport.

When airport police approached the vehicle near terminal B, the driver got out and opened fire toward the terminal, the officers and "indiscriminately".

McManus said his department had previous interaction with the shooter, who was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. No officers were injured.

An airport officer returned fire, hitting the man.

"The officer who stopped this saved a lot of lives", the chief continued, saying that the suspect "had a full box of ammunition, he had a.45 caliber handgun that he was shooting in the direction of the terminal, and behind him, indiscriminately". He was not identified by authorities.

The airport was locked down, but reopened a couple hours after the incident.

"There is no active threat to the public. As a precaution, the Airport has been put on lock down", the San Antonio police tweeted.

KSAT News reported that a a man had earlier been seen firing 9 to 10 shots from a flyover overpass near the airport at about 10:30 am Thursday.

"The exact same description, and pretty much the exact same shell casings were found, so we believe that it is the same person", he said.

The chief said the man is known to police and they believe there were some "mental health concerns". The FBI said there does not appear to be any connection to terrorism and it will remain a local investigation.

Arrivals and departure information on the airport's website indicated there had been little to no disruption to flights, with just one 3pm departure to Detroit being delayed.

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