The nation’s busiest international port of entry in San Diego was shut down last night after a pedestrian unexpectedly waved a fake gun prompting Custom Border Protection (CBP) agents to shoot the man as he fled into the U.S.
The shooting incident happened at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, at the pedestrian crossing area, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency spokeswoman Jackie Wasiluk said.
Wasiluk told reporters that the agency temporarily suspended processing of all northbound pedestrian travelers. Authorities continued to investigate the incident, but have not released the name or the nationality of the man who was shot.
CBP agents did not explain what led to the shooting of the man, but those at the scene described the weapon a starter-type gun (used in track events).
The San Diego Police Department released a statement regarding the event. The unnamed man "approached a pedestrian booth and attempted to walk through without being fully screened" by CBP border agents.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive.
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