Gunman Leaves 5 Dead at Fort Lauderdale Airport
A shooter opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport killing three and wounding another eight, according to the Miami Herald.
A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, which happened about 1 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon. But it is unclear to law enforcement who the suspect is, if that person acted alone or if the incident was part of a larger plot.
Authorities gave no details on a possible motive for the shooting inside Terminal 2, which serves Delta Air Lines and Air Canada. According to reports, the shooting took place near the baggage claim area at the airport. The terminal was shut down immediately and local roads nearby were closed, the Herald reported.
Police did not identify the suspect, but Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told MSNBC that the gunman’s name is Esteban Santiago, according to the Herald, and that he was carrying a military identification.
“We don’t know a motive at this point,” Nelson said. “This could well be someone who is mentally deranged, or in fact it could be someone who had a much more sinister motive that we have to worry about every day, and that is terrorism. We can’t conclude that.”
Earlier, Barbara Sharief, Broward County mayor told CBS News in a live broadcast that authorities believe the shooter acted alone. There was no immediate information to determine whether or not it was a terroristic attack, she said, although that has not been ruled out.
“People started kind of screaming and trying to get out of any door they could or hide under the chairs,” a witness, Mark Lea, told MSNBC. “He just kind of continued coming in, just randomly shooting at people, no rhyme or reason to it.”
Lee said the gunman said nothing as he “went up and down the carousels of the baggage claim, shooting through luggage to get at people that were hiding.”
Then the gunman threw down his weapon and lay spread-eagle on the ground until he was taken into custody, Lea said.
Video posted on Instagram appeared to show several people wounded in the baggage claim area of the terminal. One person appeared to be lying in a pool of blood with a head wound.
Paramedics could be seen treating a bleeding victim outside the airport. Hundreds of people stood on the tarmac as an ambulance drove by.