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Shots Fired at Fort Lauderdale Airport: 5 DEAD. 13 Hurt


Fort Lauderdale Shooting_AP
Fort Lauderdale Shooting_AP

DELTA BAGGAGE CLAIM. TERMINAL 2. Shooting. SHOOTER is confirmed to be a New Jersey Man with a Military ID.

CONFIRMED: This happened just before 2pm on January 6, 2017. Shooter is reported to have opened fire in the baggage claim area of terminal 2 of the airport, which is the area of Air Canada and Delta Airlines.

Shooter in custody; possible second shooter in parking garage

By Peter Burke – Managing Editor , Jeff Weinsier – Investigative Reporter , Todd Tongen – Anchor/Reporter
Posted: 1:08 PM, January 06, 2017
Updated: 3:06 PM, January 06, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Eight people are dead and Thirteen others were injured after a shooting Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and authorities are searching for a possible second shooter, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies confirmed that the shooter is in custody.

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Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., identified the shooter as Esteban Santiago. Nelson said the 26-year-old was carrying a military identification.

Local 10 News reporter Jeff Weinsier was reporting live from the airport when deputies and other law enforcement armed with guns converged upon a parking garage and yelled at someone, “Hands up.”

Weinsier said reporters were told to get down.

Deputies said an active search is underway amid reports of additional shots fired at the airport.

Sky 10 was above the airport shortly after 1 p.m. as passengers were standing on the tarmac outside Terminal 2.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer posted on Twitter that shots have been fired.

“Everyone is running,” Fleischer said.

He said police said there is one shooter and five victims.

“All seems calm now but the police aren’t letting anyone out of the airport,” Fleischer said.

The airport’s official Twitter page said there was “an ongoing incident” at the Terminal 2 baggage claim.

All services at the airport have been suspended. Traffic to the airport was being diverted, and a BSO armored vehicle was blocking the ramp from Interstate 595.

The Federal Aviation Administration said flights within about 50 miles of Fort Lauderdale were being allowed to land at the airport. Other airborne flights were being diverted to other airports, while flights scheduled to depart for Fort Lauderdale were being held on the ground at their airports of origin.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said a lone suspect was responsible for the shooting.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott said he was traveling to Fort Lauderdale to be briefed by law enforcement.

President-elect Donald Trump said on Twitter that he was “monitoring the terrible situation in Florida” and had been in communication with Scott.

National security advisors have briefed President Barack Obama.

Investigation continues with the Broward County Sheriff office.

Twitter: @browardsheriff

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