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At Least Five People Are Dead In A Shooting At Fort Lauderdale Airport

A suspect is in custody.

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At least five people are dead and at least 13 are injured after a person with a gun opened fire at Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Florida, the Broward County officials said.

A suspect is in custody, the office added, saying it got the initial call at 12:55 p.m. local time. Several of the injured — the Broward County Sheriff’s office said there were eight, the mayor said 13 — were transported to local hospitals including Broward Health.

Several hours after the initial incident, people were seen frantically running around the tarmac around 2:37 pm local time. It’s unclear what is happening — the Transportation Security Administration said there is an active shooter in the airport, but Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said that was not the case.

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Andrea Ruiz, whose mother works at the airport for Air Canada, which is based in the terminal, told BuzzFeed News about that latest confusion that, “SWAT and police ran into parking garage in front of Terminal 2. My mother and coworkers are back in office hiding. No one knows what is happening…something else has happened.”

US Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that the suspected shooter was carrying a military ID — though it’s unsure if it’s his, or authentic — bearing the name Esteban Santiago, born in March 1990. Nelson didn’t say how he got that identification.

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, “Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!”

I'm safe and feel incredibly fortunate. What a crazy thing…

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“We have initial reports of a shooting,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “State law enforcement do not have confirmed information on fatalities, injuries and motive.” He added that he is traveling to the airport to be briefed by officials.

Several images and videos on social media showed people injured and bleeding in what appears to be a baggage claim and outdoor area. The airport’s Twitter account said there’s an “ongoing incident in Terminal 2, Baggage Claim.” All flights have been grounded.

“Our community extends its thoughts, prayers, and support to the victims and their families,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor John Seiler said.

CNN reported that the FBI and ATF are also on the scene.

Ruiz said her mother “said she heard the gun shots and everyone ran into hiding where they could find. Her and her coworkers hid in their office. They’re currently busy calming passengers and themselves,” she added.

The person tweeted this screengrab of her conversation with her mother:

Air Canada said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by this tragic event…Thankfully all our customers and employees are reported accounted for and safe. Passengers on our departing flights were safely evacuated on the tarmac and arriving flights 1602 from YUL and 1622 from YYZ are being held off gate for the time being.”

Gene Messina posted pictures and video from the airport on Instagram and described the situation: “I got off the plane and I saw people running and screaming. At first I was in shock but when I saw tsa agents running, I booked.” He also published this video from the tarmac:


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Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for President George W. Bush, was apparently at the airport at the time of the shooting and was one of the first people to tweet about it, citing police as saying there were several victims and one shooter.

 Source: buzzfeed


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