In breaking news Wednesday afternoon, federal and local authorities in San Diego temporarily closed the airport as a precaution after an active shooter was reported in the area. A suspect with a high-powered rifle was reportedly shooting at police who were responding to a domestic dispute, but local law enforcement says the situation is “contained” as of 1 PM PST.
UPDATE: A suspect was arrested at 2:30 PM ET after a five hour stand off and two rounds of tear gas were fired into the apartment. His identity has not been released, but he is described as a black man who is 32 years old; 5’11”; and about 290 pounds with black hair.
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The suspect was apparently barricaded inside an apartment at Front and Laurel streets in the Bunker HIll neighborhood of Little Italy close to the airport in San Diego. The police report that numerous shots have been fired by the suspect beginning shortly after 9 AM PST, but there are no known injuries to date.
A half hour or so later, departures resumed at the San Diego International Airport, but a ground stop order remained in effect for all arrivals.
Statement from FAA on San Diego shooter situation
“We are allowing departures but we are not landing aircraft due to the active shooter situation under the approach path,” the FAA noted in a statement to the media. “Airborne aircraft are either holding or diverting. We are holding San Diego-bound traffic in the Western U.S. at their departure airports.”
More on live shooter in San Diego
In the latest on the San Diego shooter story, a police official says they have deployed gas inside the apartment where the suspected gunman was shooting from. However, shots are still coming from the apartment at this time, so police are discussing their next step to try and safely deal with the heavily armed gunman.
Of note, city authorities are asking people in the area to stay inside and away from windows until an all clear is given.
The San Diego Police Department made a tweet at 1:40 p.m. ET that the City Tree Christian School a few blocks from the shooting scene had been locked down.
Statement from resident of apartment complex
A resident of the apartment complex where the San Diego shooter incident occurred told the local TV news he left before the shooting began but has spoken with neighbors who are still inside the apartment building. He says they are frightened and trying to stay away from windows.
“I’m just on the other side of the border, they wont let me leave my apartment complex here,” said Ryan Gray, a neighbor across the street. “It’s definitely dangerous, I’d say that the police are doing their job and keeping us all safe.”