San Diego Police arrived inside two minutes of the primary name and took the lady into custody, the division mentioned in an announcement.
The girl, in her late 20s or early 30s, walked into the auditorium of Mt. Everest Academy round midday, San Diego Police Officer Dino Delimitros mentioned.
Church Tsidkenu, a non-denominational church, leases Mt. Everest for church companies.
The girl walked onto the auditorium’s stage and waved the handgun whereas she “made threats that she was going to explode the church,” police mentioned.
“She was saying stuff that was type of delusional. I used to be extra fearful about getting my household out of there,” churchgoer Ronald Farmer mentioned.
Churchgoers have been in a position to take the infant from the lady’s arms and pry the gun from her palms earlier than tackling her to the bottom, Delmitros mentioned.
A bomb-sniffing canine discovered nothing in a sweep of the constructing and the suspect’s automobile, police mentioned. Police mentioned her gun was not loaded.
Authorities later discovered the lady’s 5-year-old daughter “wholesome and unharmed,” police mentioned. The 2 youngsters are in protecting custody.
Earlier Sunday, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit introduced that the division was stepping up patrols whereas it monitored the state of affairs in Sri Lanka.
“Presently, there may be nothing to point a connection to San Diego. Nonetheless, in an abundance of warning, you will notice further patrols at homes of worship,” Nisleit mentioned on Twitter.
Although it is not clear who’s behind the eight explosions that compelled the nation of 21 million folks into lockdown, they’re “definitely acts of terror,” mentioned Manisha Gunasekera, excessive commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK.