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BREAKING: Multiple People Dead After Shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Suspect in Custody

Fort Lauderdale, FL — (RT) Multiple fatalities have been confirmed in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The suspected attacker was taken into custody.

“Multiple people” were dead, Broward County Sheriff’s Office told the media. At least five deaths were confirmed.

Eight people were injured and transported to an area hospital, the sheriff’s office said. Two underwent surgery and all are in stable condition, Broward Health representatives said in a late afternoon press conference.

“Shooter is in custody and unharmed,” said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. “No law enforcement officers fired any shots.”

He confirmed that there was no second shooting despite previous reports. The suspect was being interrogated by the FBI.

“The subject was arrested without incident,” Israel clarified. “At this point it looks like he acted alone.”

The shooter reportedly traveled with his gun legally, checking it with other luggage. Upon picking up his bags, however, he then took his gun and ammunition into a restroom before returning to baggage claim and opening fire, according to Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca.

“The shooter was a passenger on a Canadian flight with a checked gun,” LaMarca wrote on his Facebook page. “He claimed his bag and took the gun from baggage and went into the bathroom to load it. Came out shooting people in baggage claim. There were 13 total shot, 5 dead, 8 transported to hospital.”

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Reuters reported that Santiago had checked a 9mm pistol and arrived in Florida on a Canadian flight from Alaska, via Minneapolis.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) confirmed that the gunman carried a military ID for Esteban Santiago, a 26-year-old Army National Guard soldier.

A photo of the alleged attacker has been posted on social media, but has not been verified by the authorities.

Esteban Santiago was honorably discharged six months ago and had deployed to Iraq.

CBS News reports that in November 2016, the shooting suspect walked into an FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska, to report being forced to fight for ISIS.

Florida Governor Rick Scott traveled to Fort Lauderdale to oversee the government response.

In a press conference around 5:15pm Eastern, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) said that he reached out to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence “quite a few times,” citing a personal relationship. He said “this is not a time to be political” after acknowledging to reporters that he did not reach out to President Barack Obama.

The governor also highlighted the ease of cooperation between state and federal officials responding to and investigating the shooting.

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Broward County authorities said the shooting began outside the terminal and continued inside at the baggage claim. Photos from the scene show at least two victims outside the building.

A graphic video from inside the terminal shows bloodied victims in the baggage claim area.

All services were suspended at all terminals of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation, Special Agent in Charge George Piro told reporters. If the motive points to terrorism, the sheriff’s department will turn the investigation over to the FBI, Israel said.

The FLL airport authorities confirmed the incident took place in Terminal 2, but did not offer any further details. Terminal 2 is served by Delta Airlines and Air Canada.

FLL handles 80-100,000 passengers on a typical day, director Mark Gale told reporters. Airport authorities are working with the police to clear the terminals and release everyone both inside the buildings and still on the tarmac.

At 2:26pm Eastern time, more shots were reported at the parking garage in Terminal 1, and there was police activity in other terminals previously unaffected by the shooting at Terminal 2.

Mayor Sharief told MSNBC there was no second shooter, however, and that police were searching the airport out of abundance of caution.

Passengers inside the terminals were instructed to continue sheltering in place.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    When are governments going to learn. If this is a terrorist activity then the colonials have to be plugged dead so as to send out the right signals.

  • Donna

    False Flag. Look left, break right. What else is going on while we are distracted by this on Friday before the weekend…

    • Irene from Hamilton

      I heard the US has lots of security surveillance since 9/11. Since it’s an airport, shouldn’t there be several camera views of this? I can’t find any.

      • Peace and Love

        Probably, but they probably have to doctor them up first. Then we can see a version that will match their story.

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  • Jamie Hall

    Excellent work, TSA. You kept that airport real secure. You should receive more funding for a job so well done. Wait, what the hell am I saying? And these asshats seriously want free reign over other areas of the infrastructure as well? Pffffft!

  • alexandra

    Strange he flies in from alaska on air canada, checks his weapon and then starts shooting @ baggage claim in Lauderdale. Showed no emotion aims for the heads of innocent people then runs out of ammo and sits down. Will be interesting if he had a cell phone on him and who his last call was from. Hopefully not his handler. Friday always an interesting day for news makes me wonder what else Obama is signing today.