Air traffic resuming slowly at Austin airport after reports of shots fired at aircraft

Posted at 2:36 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 16:16:02-05

UPDATE (2:35 p.m.) – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has reopened for normal operations after all departing flights were briefly grounded this afternoon after reports of a shooter in the area, airport officials said.

At least one runway has been reopened after a calamity today where all departing flights were grounded early Thursday afternoon while authorities investigated a possible shooting.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the airport made that determination at about 2:10 p.m. (CST).

Earlier, all planes departing from the airport were grounded while the Travis County sheriff’s office investigated reports that a person was shooting at aircraft with a rifle.

The Stateman reports the sheriff’s office received a report at 12:24 p.m. that person with a .22 caliber rifle was shooting at planes from nearby Richard Moya Park, which is near the south end of the airport at the intersection of Emma Browning Avenue and Burleson Road.

Upon inspection, deputies were unable to find any suspects matching that description in the area. Deputies also told the newspaper that the public was not in any imminent danger.

Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Austin Police Department and the sheriff’s office were quickly at the scene.