Multiple people dead after mass shooting at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport
Five people were killed in a mass shooting in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday afternoon, the Broward Sheriff’s office has confirmed.
Eight people have been transported to the hospital from the aiport, the Broward Sheriff’s office said. The suspected attacker was shot by police and has been taken into custody.
Authorities do not believe there was more than one shooter, but Terminal 1 was being evacuated around 2:30 p.m. EST and people could be seen running across the tarmac. It was unclear if there was another incident unfolding, but a witness told CNN that police told passengers to “run.”
An active scene was playing out across from the airport’s parking garage as of 2:40 p.m. EST. Travelers could be seen hiding behind cars with police.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson identified the suspected shooter as 26-year-old Esteben Santiago. Santiago was carrying a military ID, Nelson told MSNBC.
The airport tweeted that all services at the airport have temporarily been suspended.
“Communications received a call around 12:55 p.m. about shots fired at 100 Terminal Drive at Fort Lauderdale -Hollywood Int’l Airport,” the Broward Sheriff’s office tweeted.
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was at the airport when the shooting occurred.