Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: five dead and suspect in custody

The Guardian – By Amber Jamieson – Friday 6 January 2017

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Photo: A shooting victim arrives at Broward Health trauma center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday. Photograph: Taimy Alvarez/AP

Five people were killed in a shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida on Friday, the local sheriff’s department said.

The Broward County sheriff’s office used Twitter to confirm the shooting and say five people were dead, eight people were injured and the lone suspect was in custody.

Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary, was at the airport and tweeted what he could see.

“Shots have been fired,” he wrote, just before 1pm ET. “Everyone is running.”

Twenty minutes later, he added: “All seems calm now but the police aren’t letting anyone out of the airport – at least not the area where I am.”

The airport said an “ongoing incident” was taking place in the baggage claim area of terminal two. All flights had been temporarily suspended.

Footage taken from news helicopters showed a large crowd of people standing on the airport tarmac.

Florida governor Rick Scott used Twitter to say he was on his way to the airport, “to be briefed by law enforcement”.

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Posted by Teri Perticone

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