Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting Latest
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says the Fort Lauderdale airport gunman was carrying a military ID with the name Esteban Santiago, though it’s not clear if it belonged to him or to someone else. Authorities say five people were killed and eight wounded in the shooting near the baggage area of terminal 2. Nelson says a motive still hasn’t been determined. The gunman flew into to Ft Lauderdale airport today. Reports say he retrieved the gun from his bag and started firing.
Currently, the airport is being cleared by Broward County SWAT. Sheriff Scott Israel, Airport and FBI officials spoke at a press conference Friday afternoon. Airport operations have been suspended, passengers on board airplanes at the airport are being sheltered in place until the airport is clear.
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN that authorities “have an active crime scene investigation involving terminal 2.”
News stations showed video of medics taking care of a bleeding victim outside the airport. Helicopters hovering over the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac as an ambulance drove by and numerous law enforcement officers, including tactical units, rushed to the scene.
Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport when shots were fired and “everyone is running.”
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