Authorities say a lone shooter opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale international airport Friday, killing “multiple” people and wounding eight before he was taken into custody. The airport suspended operations as law enforcement authorities rushed to the scene and emergency medical workers treated at least one bleeding victim on the tarmac.
Multiple news outlets are reporting five people have died, and the Broward Sheriff’s office tweeted eight people are injured and have been transported to a hospital.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted the information following Friday afternoon’s shooting. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN that authorities “have an active crime scene investigation involving terminal 2.”
Governor Rick Scott’s office said there was no information yet on a motive. Scott is traveling to Fort Lauderdale to be briefed by local law enforcement.
On its official Twitter account, airport officials said there was an “ongoing incident” in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area. They did not elaborate.
Orlando International Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said security agencies at the airport were on alert this afternoon, but haven’t received any specific threats.
“An incident like this does increase a heightened awareness and increase monitoring,” she said.
She couldn’t go into detail about the security measures but said officials had upped surveillance inside the terminal and are reminding visitors to report any suspicious activity.
“Security is everyone’s responsibility,” she said. “If you see something, say something.”
Confirming multiple people are dead, and a number of people were transported to a hospital from @FLLFlyer. Upper level of airport open.
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) January 6, 2017
Miami area television stations are reporting that at least nine people were shot and that the shooter is in custody.
News helicopters hovering over the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac early Friday afternoon as an ambulance drove by and numerous law enforcement officers rushed to the scene.
Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport when shots were fired and “everyone is running.”
Calls to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department were not immediately returned.
Video released from inside Fort Lauderdale airport baggage claim area pic.twitter.com/QVfWnhhNiE
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 6, 2017