Suspect dead in police shooting that put San Antonio airport in lockdown

April 15 (UPI) -- Police said they shot and killed a suspected gunman after he allegedly opened fire on officers Thursday at San Antonio International Airport.

The incident caused officials to put the airport into a temporary lockdown and halt incoming and outgoing flights.


San Antonio police Chief William McManus said police responded to the airport terminal after receiving reports of a vehicle driving the wrong direction. After confronting the vehicle, the driver allegedly exited his vehicle and opened fire at the officer, he added.

The shooter "had a lot of ammunition and was shooting indiscriminately. We're lucky today not to have a lot of people injured or killed during this event," McManus said in a news conference.

Police said two people were transported to the hospital with injuries -- one who may have been hit by shrapnel from the shooting and another who was injured while running away from the gunfire.

McManus added the suspect is believed to be the same person who opened fire from an overpass at Highway 281 and Loop 1604 earlier in the day. No one was injured in that incident.

The San Antonio Police Department tweeted that the shooting took place at 9800 Airport Blvd., the address for the airport's parking garage.


"There is no active threat to the public. As a precaution, the airport has been put on lock down. No other injuries are reported," the police department said shortly after the shooting.

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