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Arrivals ground stop at San Diego; gunman nearby

A SWAT team officer moves into position at the scene of an active shooting with a suspect with a high powered rifle in the Bankers Hills section of San Diego, California, November 4, 2015.
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A ground stop was put into effect at San Diego Airport as a gunman was reported nearby, the FAA said Wednesday.

A suspect — barricaded in an apartment near the intersection of Front and Laurel streets close to the airport — had fired numerous shots but no injuries had been reported, police said.

After some time, departures resumed at the airport, although the ground stop remained in effect for arrivals.

"We are allowing departures but we are not landing aircraft due to the active shooter situation under the approach path," the FAA said in a statement in NBC News. "Airborne aircraft are either holding or diverting. We are holding San Diego-bound traffic in the Western U.S. at their departure airports."


Police deployed gas inside an apartment, where the suspected gunman was apparently shooting from, KNSD reported, citing a police official.

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The San Diego Police Department also announced on Twitter at 1:40 p.m. ET that the City Tree Christian School nearby had been locked down.

— NBC News contributed to this report.