Canadians reported safe after Florida airport shooting that left five dead

Alicia WestJan 07, 2017

Mr Lea said the gunman said nothing as he "went up and down the carousels of the baggage claim, shooting through luggage to get at people that were hiding".

There were five people dead and a gunman who appeared to be acting alone has been arrested, say officials. A county official says the shooter, who ABC News has identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, pulled a gun out of a checked bag, loaded in a bathroom and started shooting. Mayor Barbara Sharief said on MSNBC that the incident at the parking garage area was based on something a witness heard and that there is no confirmation of an active shooter situation. He added that the shooter had time to reload his gun before police stopped him. Travelers are also required to tell airline staff at the check-in desk about any weapons that are being transported. Lauderdale's worldwide airport that has reportedly left multiple people dead.

The attack sent panicked passengers running out of the terminal and on to the tarmac.

"We don't know a motive at this point", Nelson said. "Customers traveling to and from FLL today should expect flight disruptions and are encouraged to check flight status at Delta.com or via the Fly Delta Mobile App", the airline said.

"We have multiple people dead and a subject in custody", Joy Oglesby, spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff's Office, told the Sun Sentinel. Law enforcement officials didn't fire shots at the scene and the suspect remains "unharmed".

Authorities believe there was only one person involved in the shooting.

Witness John Schlicher described the shooter as a slender man who was "directly firing at us" while passengers waited for their bags.


"Team and staff have been evacuated and are safe", the tweet read.

The suspect was apprehended by a Broward County sheriff's deputy and taken into custody without incident, Sheriff Scott Israel said at a Friday press conference.

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer under President George W. Bush was at the airport at the time of the shooting and tweeted about the incident. Lauderdale, Florida, worldwide airport.

Some passengers have been out on the airport tarmac for more than two hours due to the evacuation. Just spoke to [Florida] Governor [Rick] Scott.

A fourth flight was holding on the ground waiting to leave for Ottawa at Fort Lauderdale's Terminal One.

Further, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, "Thoughts and prayers for all".

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