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Shooting At Fort Lauderdale Airport

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A gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, injuring eight people and killing five. The suspect was apprehended without sustaining any injuries.

There were additional reports of shots fired in Terminals 1, 4 & a parking garage, but law enforcement officials said during a press conference said that there was only one confirmed shooting.

Three firearms with ammo were also found inside a bag within the parking garage of a passenger who was getting set to board their plane. The bags were secured.

The name of the shooter is Esteban Santiago, 26, who is from the Naples, Florida area. He was carrying military ID when he was apprehended. The shooter was known to the FBI. He walked into the FBI's Anchorage office in November 2016 claiming that he was being forced to join ISIS. He was subsequently sent to a psychiatric hospital.

Santiago was a passenger on an Alaskan flight with a checked gun. After obtaining his gun when he got back to baggage claim, he went to the bathroom, loaded the firearm with bullets, came out, and began shooting.

A second person was also taken away in handcuffs about three hours after the initial incident occurred, but the reason behind their apprehension is unknown:

Local news WSVN 7 circulated video from the baggage claim area where the shooting occurred moments earlier:

Images reportedly showing one of the shooting victims emerged on Twitter:

Evacuations happened throughout the airport. Several passengers and employees were seen waiting on tarmacs, running outside of terminals when told to vacate the terminal, hiding behind columns outside the facility, and being walked out with hands up on a nearby railroad line:

All operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are temporarily suspended. The shooter acted alone, according to the mayor's office.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday he was on his way to Fort Lauderdale to be briefed by law enforcement on the shooting. President Obama has been briefed on the shooting and President-elect Donald Trump said he spoke with Gov. Scott about the incident.


Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was at the Fort Lauderdale airport when the shots rang out on Friday.

Another eyewitness reportedly told MSNBC that the gunman appeared to “run out of ammo, laid down and gave up before officers arrived and took him in custody.”

Another eyewitness account from CBS News:

In the hours following the shooting, the Broward County Sheriff detonated a suspicious package:

It is still unclear what contents were in the suspicious package.

Editor's Note: This is a breaking news story and will be updated with additional information.

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