Multiple people reported shot at Fort Lauderdale Airport

RECAP: 13 people were shot according to officials. The suspect in custody is Esteban Santiago, according to CBS News. He is a 26-year-old from New Jersey. The shooting happened at Terminal 2 baggage claim. The gun was Santiago’s and in a checked bag, which he retrieved. There are deaths, we don’t know how many as of 2:46 p.m. CST.

UPDATE: The Broward County Sheriff says the only shooting that took place was in Terminal 2. There was not a second round of shots, he says. The suspect, Esteban Santiago, was not shot by police. He is unharmed and in custody. Santiago was reportedly carrying a gun in a checked bag that he retrieved in baggage claim before shooting multiple people.

UPDATE: Airport shooter suspect identified as Esteban Santiago, law enforcement source tells CBS News; Santiago with a military ID, born in New Jersey. Witnesses tell local media that he had a handgun which he reloaded during the shooting.

UPDATE: There has been a wave of activity at the airport within the last ten minutes (1:52 p.m.) with officers storming with semi-automatic rifles into a parking garage as more reports of shots fired emerge. CBS reports the flurry of activity was near terminal 3. The original shooting as at Terminal 2. Broward County officials say reports of more shots fired are unconfirmed. As with any active situation, details may change.

UPDATE: Broward County officials say “multiple” are dead. CBS Miami reports that 3 people are dead and the shooter is in custody.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – News media outlets are reporting that multiple people have been shot at Fort Lauderdale international airport.

On its official Twitter account, airport officials said there was an “ongoing incident” in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area. They did not elaborate.

Miami area television stations are reporting that at least nine people were shot and that the shooter is in custody.

News helicopters hovering over the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac early Friday afternoon as an ambulance drove by and numerous law enforcement officers 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.”

Calls to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department were not immediately returned.


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