A 63-year-old man from New South Wales has been charged following the shooting incident at Canberra Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Police will allege that the man arrived at Canberra Airport at approximately 1.20pm before sitting on seats near the southern check-in desks on the first floor.

At about 1.25pm he drew a firearm and deployed a number of shots into windows of the building.

Emergency 000 calls were placed by the public, and AFP Airport Police who are stationed within the airport terminal apprehended the man.

Canberra Airport was evacuated and members of ACT Policing and AFP Airport Police worked in partnership to secure the area – including confirming the man was acting alone.

Thankfully, no one was injured during the incident.

The man is set to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday morning where bail will be opposed.


He has been charged with discharging a firearm at a building, unlawful possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm near a person causing alarm.

ACT Policing urges any witnesses who haven’t already spoken to police, to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Listen to the latest news below: