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Mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida

The deadly shooting at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport is not over yet.

There is another shooter in the parking garage.

Five people were killed and another six injured in the earlier 1pm shooting at the Terminal 2 baggage claim.

The shooter in that incident was taken into custody and has been identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, of New Jersey.

The airport turned chaotic again around 2:30pm, when more gunshots were heard in Terminal 1, Terminal 4 and the parking garage. Police officers were seen rushing into the parking lot with their guns out as bystanders sought shelter behind vehicles.

The TSA confirmed that there was another active shooter situation and issued an order to shelter in place.


Witnesses told NBC Miami that the shooter was silent and didn’t appear to be targeting anyone in particular – ‘popping off bullets at random’.

Mark Lea, a 53-year-old financian adviser from Minneapolis, says he was in baggage claim when the shooting started.

‘I was dodging bullets and trying to help people get out of the way,’ Lea said.

‘At first we thought it was firecrackers,’ he said. ‘Everyone started screaming and running. The shooter made his way down through baggage claim. He had what looked like a 9mm and emptied his entire clip. People were trying to run.’


Video from the airport Friday afternoon showed hundreds of passengers corralled together on the tarmac with emergency vehicles parked outside the terminal with lights flashing.

Around 1:45pm, law enforcemeent started the crowds off the tarmac, by bus and on foot.

Former White House press secretary to President George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, was at the airport at the time of the shooting and tweeted about the chaos.

Just after 1pm, he wrote that ‘shots have been fired. Everyone is running’.


Minutes later, he said police told him there was just one shooter. By 1:30pm, the scene had settled.

‘All seems calm now but the police aren’t letting anyone out of the airport – at least not the area where I am,’ Fleischer wrote.

The airport is one of the top 25 busiest airports in the nation, and is located about 25 miles north of Miami.

There has been some confusion about whether the airport is up and running. The FAA said that there would be ‘minimal’ delays, but airport officials said activity has been halted. Planes have continued to take off and land on at least one of the runways

Travelers have been advised to contact their airlines if they have a flight at the airport.

Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to Ft. Lauderdale to be briefed on the situation.


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