Mul­ti­ple peo­ple dead after mass shoot­ing at Florida’s Fort Laud­erdale-Hol­ly­wood air­port

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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