UPDATE: UNCONFIRMED — second active shooter at Fort Lauderdale airport. Original story here.
Terminals evacuated. MORE SHOOTING in Fort Lauderdale garage, people ordered down, “no sudden movements,” “stay still,” shots heard.
“All the people seemed to be shot in the head.”
Eyewitness John Schlicher said the gunmen shot people in the head and continued to shoot them after they were motionless on the ground.
PEOPLE ARE RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES OUT OF TERMINAL 1.
— CNN (@CNN) January 6, 2017
People all over the airport cowering everywhere.
- A shooting has occurred at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida
- A gunman, Esteban Santiago, is reportedly in custody
- Video from the airport showed hundreds of passengers gathered in a huddle on the tarmac
- The airport said the incident happened in the baggage area of Terminal 2
Ft.Lauderdale-Hollywood is one of the 25 busiest airports in America
- Terrorism is being considered as a possible motive for the shooting
ABC News reports according to witnesses on scene Fort Lauderdale shooter Esteban Santiago repeatedly shouted “I’m not Jewish”.
5 people have died in this shooting at
A gunman is in custody after a deadly shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.
Sources tell NBC Miami that nine people have been shot and three people have died.
An airport spokesman said that the center of the incident was in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2. It does not appear that the shooter breached the TSA-secured area of the airport.
Video from the airport Friday afternoon showed hundreds of passengers corralled together on the tarmac with emergency vehicles parked outside the terminal with lights flashing. (DM)
A spokesperson with the Anchorage Police Department has confirmed the suspect arrested in connection with the shooting is current Anchorage resident 26-year-old Esteban Santaigo Ruiz.
“APD is working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force with the FBI to provide any investigative support they might need,” APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro wrote in an email to KTVA Friday.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the deaths following Friday afternoon’s shooting.
“We are aware of the situation and have no further statement at this time,” Alaska FBI spokesperson Staci Feger-Pellessier told KTVA.
Authorities in Florida told reporters Friday that the suspect was a passenger on a Canadian flight, checked a gun, then loaded it in the bathroom after claiming his bag.
Santiago Ruiz was unharmed; officers fired no shots during the incident.
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.