Chalk up another one for big clips and lost souls. A shooter opened fire Friday just after 1:00 PM EST at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. According to the Broward County sheriff, at least 5 are dead and 13 are injured.
A gunman, identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, is in custody, but the airport is being treated as an active shooting scene as of 3:05 PM EST. Santiago was in possession of a military ID, but it is unknown at this time whether it was valid or even his. Police apprehended him after he emptied all his clips and simply sat down.
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport at the time of the shooting and “everyone is running.”
I’m at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 6, 2017
He later tweeted that “all seems calm,” but this has proved to be premature per the TSA as of 2:33 PM EST: “Update: Active shooter at
#FLL. Shelter in place. Airport closed.”
Update: Active shooter at #FLL. Shelter in place. Airport closed.
— TSA (@TSA) January 6, 2017
The shootings occurred in the congested Terminal 2 baggage claim area, but one eyewitness said up to three thousand people fled onto an active runway from Terminal 1. Multiple law enforcement agencies have swarmed the airport to search for any potential additional gunmen.
At this time, the gunman’s motive isn’t known, nor is affiliation to any terrorist or hate group.
Senator Bill Nelson, D – Florida, reacted to the shooting as of, and provides additional details on the incident. In particular, he said the FAA bill passed last year doubled number of dog teams sniffing for explosives. Watch:
Senator Nelson is a well-known proponent of gun control and has attracted the ire of the NRA over his position on such matters Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting on Jun 12, 2016.
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