Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Shots Fired at Ft. Lauderdale Airport

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The official reports from the sheriff are that the only shooting incident occurred at 1:00 PM EST in the Terminal 2 baggage claim. The shooter was a passenger on a Canadian Airlines flight that checked his firearm and used that checked firearm to open fire on passengers waiting on luggage.

There are reports that more shots were fired in the parking garage and civilians are in lock down. No other updates or confirmations are available. Outside the airport, live video shows authorities running and evacuation on the tarmac.

Local county sheriff reports that there is no second shooter. Multiple reports however state that more shots were fired in Terminal 1. TSA reports an active shooter, FAA reports airport closed. Fox News reports civilians fled Terminal 1 in a full panic.

According to TSA, there is another active shooter situation:

According to Sen. Nelson of Florida, the shooter’s name is Esteban Santiago. Santiago was in possession of military identification. He has reportedly been described as tall, thin, dark-haired, and wearing a Star Wars tee shirt.

The first gunman — now in custody — reportedly opened fire at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to local reports and witnesses on social media. The shooting took place around 1:00 PM EST.

The following amateur video shows some of the aftermath of the attack:



The shooting took place in a lower level baggage claim area where there is no security process to access. The FAA has issued an all ground stop, so at this point, there are not flights taking off and incoming flights are being diverted to Miami and West Palm Beach. Security personnel are being brought in to Ft. Lauderdale from Miami and West Palm Beach, according to Fox News.

Photos from Ft. Lauderdale Shooting
Photos from Ft. Lauderdale Shooting

Barbara Sharief, the Broward County Mayor, told CNN that a suspect is in custody. Reportedly, there are multiple injuries and five fatalities.

At this point, all services at the airport are closed indefinitely. FL Gov. Rick Scott is flying in to personally be debriefed on the situation.

Photos from Ft. Lauderdale Shooting
Photos from Ft. Lauderdale Shooting

Following the initial shots, passengers in the Delta terminal were ushered out onto the tarmac as part of a security protocol to remove civilians from dangerous situations.

The airport’s twitter account said:

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush, was at the airport and stated on Twitter that police told him there were several victims and one shooter.

Multiple pictures and videos have been released on social media that depict victims, but they have not yet been confirmed.

The airport is the 22nd busiest in the U.S. and services 21 different airlines.

Hypeline News will continue updating this story as it develops.

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