13 people shot, 5 dead in shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport: Local police
13 people have been shot and at least 5 are dead after a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, local law enforcement and federal officials told NBC News
Authorities in Florida say that a lone gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, killing multiple people before being taken into custody Friday afternoon.
What we know...
- Five people are dead and at least 8 others were injured and transported to a nearby hospital, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
- The shooting suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago who was reportedly wearing a Star Wars T-shirt and carrying a military ID. He was publicly identified by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida.
- Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said the shooter was a passenger and checked the gun in his luggage. The gunman loaded the firearm in a bathroom after retrieving it at baggage claim, LaMarca said.
- The shooter lay on the floor “spread-eagle” and waited for police to apprehend him after running out of ammunition, witnesses said.
- The suspect was taken into custody without incident and is being interrogated by FBI agents and sheriff’s deputies, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
- Esteban Santiago was reportedly born in New Jersey in 1990 and had been living in Alaska, according to public documents.
- Authorities say officers are conducting an active search of the airport after receiving unconfirmed reports of additional gunfire.
- The Broward Sheriff's Office requests that anyone with questions or concerns call 954-831-4000 or 311 instead of 911.
The shooter is in custody, and the motive is unknown at this time, law enforcement officials said. The airport tweeted that the incident took place at the Terminal 2 baggage claim area.
Hundreds of passengers and airport workers could be seen gathering and evacuating via the tarmac. The airport tweeted that all services are temporarily suspended and passengers should contact their air carrier about flight information.
The airport has four terminals and serves more than 73,000 travelers every day. It ranks 21st in the U.S. in total passenger traffic, with more than 650 commercial flights a day.
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer — who was at the airport at the time — tweeted about the shooting.
The FBI told CNBC it is aware of the situation and is in contact with local authorities, but no further information was available at the time.
The Broward County Sheriff confirmed the shooting at the airport, saying multiple people are dead and one subject is in custody.