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5 Dead and 8 Injured in Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

There was an apparent shooting Friday at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, according to various media reports and tweets from Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary.

"I'm at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running," Fleischer tweeted Friday afternoon. He later followed up, tweeting, "The police said there is one shooter and five victims."

Some 73,000 people travel through the airport every day, according to Broward County.

Other people claiming they were at the airport tweeted about a shooting as well.

 

Updates in REVERSE Chronological Order:

 

UPDATE: 4:25 p.m. EST — A man who opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Friday apparently flew into the airport and used a weapon from his checked bagged. But despite reports to the contrary, Air Canada said it had no record of a passenger by that name or checked guns on its flights. 

 

 

UPDATE: 4:08 p.m. EST — The suspect in a mass shooting that killed five people and left eight others injured at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Friday was a member of the Army National Guard who was honorably discharged about four months ago, ABC News reported. Shooter Esteban Santiago's motive was not immediately known. 

 

 

UPDATE: 3:55 p.m. EST — After a mass shooting that killed five people Friday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, officials in Clearwater, Florida, said police officers were looking for suspicious activity. It's unclear if the shooting was an act of terrorism, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

 

 

UPDATE: 3:32 p.m. EST — Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday flights were grounded at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport because the crime scene was still "fluid and active" after a mass shooting killed five people. The shooter was taken into custody and was "unharmed," Israel said.

 

 

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. EST — After a mass shooting at a major airport in Florida Friday that killed five people, Port Authority Police in New York City said they would increase patrols at area airports. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said only one attacker carried out the shooting at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport despite reports that there was more than one suspect.

 

 

UPDATE: 3:04 p.m. EST — Following an initial shooting that killed five people Friday, the Broward County Sheriff's Office tweeted there was an "active search" after "unconfirmed reports" of more shots at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told multiple TV networks that a man named Esteban Santiago was taken into custody after a shooting near baggage claim at Terminal 2 at the airport.

 

 

UPDATE: 2:57 p.m. EST — President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that he was "monitoring the terrible situation in Florida" after a shooting left at least five dead Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Trump said he talked with Gov. Rick Scott about the shooting and told people to "stay safe."

 

 

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. EST — After a shooting that killed at least five people Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told CNN that when people bunch up in the airport, like at terminals or in security, it creates a "soft target." Nelson, who has told multiple networks that a man named Esteban Santiago was taken into custody, also advocated for the use of trained dogs for additional security.

 

 

UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. EST — The Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Twitter at least five people were killed in a shooting Friday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. 

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told NBC a man named Esteban Santiago was in police custody. 

The situation appeared to be ongoing. People claiming to be at the airport have posted to Twitter reporting more shots may have been fired amid law enforcement activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 2:33 p.m. EST — More possible shots were reported by people on Twitter claiming to be at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooting in the baggage claim area around Terminal 2 left multiple people dead Friday. Police activity was reported at other areas in the airport after the initial reports of a shooting at Terminal 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 2:18 p.m. EST — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted that he was "praying for the victims and everyone" at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooting Friday that left multiple people dead.  As many as five people were killed after a gunman opened fire in the baggage area of Terminal 2 at the airport, according to multiple reports. One person has been taken into custody.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 2:08 p.m. EST —  Airports in Miami and Orlando have beefed up security after a shooting Friday in the baggage claim area of Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport left multiple people dead. A person reportedly opened fire at Terminal 2 near the Delta Airlines area. 

One person had been taken into custody, according to multiple reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 1:56 p.m. EST — All services and flights were paused Friday at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooting that reportedly left multiple people dead. The airport's Twitter account posted a statement that told potential visitors to contact their "air carrier about your flight information."

 

 

Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement to ABC News indicating he was en route to Fort Lauderdale to meet with law enforcement officials.

 

 

UPDATE: 1:48 p.m. EST — The Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Twitter that there was a shooting Friday that killed "multiple people" at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. Multiple reports have indicated that at least nine people were injured in the attack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 1:44 p.m. EST — A gunman opened fire Friday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, wounding at least nine people. Conflicting reports have indicated there may be anywhere from one to five people dead.

The situation appeared to be ongoing, although multiple reports indicated a person had been taken into custody. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 1:37 p.m. EST — A person opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida Friday, wounding at least nine people, according to multiple media and witness reports. Live video of the airport can be found here for people want to follow what's going on at the scene.

 

 

UPDATE: 1:27 p.m. EST — Multiple media reports indicated a shooter was in custody Friday after an incident at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. One person was killed and nine others were shot, according to NBC News.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the 21st busiest airport in the United States, according to its website, with flights to more than 100 cities around the world.

This past October, the airport made the news when a FedEx cargo plane caught fire as its landing gear collapsed. Nobody was injured.

UPDATE: 1:21 p.m. EST — After previous reports of a shooting Friday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, an account seemingly belonging to the airport tweeted there was an "ongoing incident in Terminal 2, Baggage Claim." NBC News' Bradd Jaffy reported that one person had been killed, while nine people had been shot.

 

 

UPDATE: 1:17 p.m. EST — One person has died and nine people were shot at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Friday, according to NBC News' Bradd Jaffy on Twitter.

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