Nine Shot, Three Dead After Gunman Opens Fire At Ft. Lauderdale Airport
A gunman opened fire Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, shooting at least nine people and killing at least one, Broward County officials said cited by NBC.
The gunman is reportedly in custody, local law enforcement sources told NBC News.
The Fort Lauderdale airport tweeted the incident occurred at a baggage claim inside Terminal 2. Passengers and workers were evacuated onto a tarmac. “There is an ongoing incident in Terminal 2, Baggage Claim,” said a post on the airport’s Twitter account.
In the aftermath of the chaos, cameras outside the airport showed firefighters and other emergency personnel, plus large groups of passengers, standing on a tarmac. The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately order an official ground stop at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, but officials were not letting anyone inside.
A subsequent tweet by NBC noted that there were “multiple” casualties.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the shooting occurred inside an airport terminal. Passengers and workers were evacuated onto a tarmac.
A law enforcement expert said authorities will try to determine who the suspect is and whether there are other plots afoot.
“You’re trying to understand, is this a one-off guy? Regardless of motive, is he alone, or is there something else?” law enforcement expert Jim Cavanaugh told MSNBC. “We hate to think that way, but that’s the requirement for police commanders — to think that way.”
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport at the time of the shooting and “everyone is running.” He later tweeted that “all seems calm.”