The media and the San Diego police have reported on an “active shooter” at the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego yesterday.
Different media reports have released conflicting statements on the identity of the shooter, some claiming it was a woman firing from an upper floor of a parking garage, others claiming it was a police officer who fired accidentally.
Whilst no injuries were reported, runners were understandably startled, and according to the organisers of the race, “approximately 4,900 athletes were rerouted into a designated safe zone.”
The police have the suspect in custody and the organisers of the race have said in a statement: “The situation involving an active shooter who was engaged with law enforcement was not related to today’s race.
“By 11:45 (18:45 GMT), the course was shut down and approximately 4,900 athletes were rerouted into a designated safe zone.
While the race was officially stopped, law enforcement gave the clearance at 11:56 for runners to resume their progress towards the finish line and the post-race finish area, where they were able to meet up with family and friends.”
This comes after the killing of three and injuring of more than 260 spectators and runners, when bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston marathon in April 2013. Six men were also detained in Berlin earlier this year, after police uncovered a suspected terror plot for the Berlin half-marathon.