A gunman has shot five people dead at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, says officials. It happened at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2, just before 1300 local time (1800 GMT), the airport confirmed. Five people were killed, eight injured and one person was unharmed in custody, said police and local officials.
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca wrote on Facebook that the gunman had arrived on a flight from Canada with a gun checked into his luggage. “He claimed his bag and took the gun from baggage and went into the bathroom to load it. came out shooting people in baggage claim”, Mr LaMarca wrote.
One of the first reports of the incident came from former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who said in a tweet: “I’m at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running.” The gunman, who appeared to be in his 20s, did not speak before or during the attack, John Schlicher said, and has been identified as Estefan Santiago. The reason for the shootings is still unknown. Developing reports will be posted soon.