SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – An officer with San Antonio Park Police was credited by San Antonio Police Chief William McManus for halting what he called “the start of an active shooter situation” at the San Antonio International Airport Thursday afternoon, April 15, when a gunman showed in the arrivals area of Terminal B and began firing “indiscriminately,” KENS-TV in San Antonio reported.
Chief McManus said the officer, an 11-year-veteran of the department, responded by returning fire, striking the suspect.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, Chief McManus said.
Aside from someone sustaining a sprained ankle, authorities say no one else was injured in the incident, which prompted a temporary lockdown of the airport as police investigate.
There is a confirmed officer-involved shooting at 9800 Airport Blvd. There is no active threat to the public. As a precaution, the Airport has been put on lock down. No other injuries are reported.
— San Antonio PD (@SATXPolice) April 15, 2021
“The officer who stopped this saved a lot of lives,” Chief McManus said. “This guy had a full box of ammunition, he had a .45-caliber handgun he was shooting at the direction of the terminal, at the police officer, and behind him. We were very lucky not to have a lot of people injured or killed.”
Police believe it’s the same person who allegedly fired several shots from a highway overpass earlier in the day; the chief said he matched the description, and the shell casings at both scenes are identical.
Chief McManus also said that his department had a history with the man and believed mental issues led to Thursday’s shootings.
Some people who were at the airport went on social media to report they had been evacuated.
“Heart is still racing, but glad to be safe for the moment,” said Sanjay Kirpalani on Twitter.
Just had to evacuate from San Antonio airport bc of an active shooter inside. Heart is still racing, but glad to be safe for the moment.
Make sure you tell your loved ones that you love them. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/3ULSp2yWkE
— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) April 15, 2021
Another person tweeted an image of a large crowd of people gathered outside the airport and said, “I think we are all safe.”
— Andrea (@amanriquezf) April 15, 2021