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5 killed, 8 injured in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Five dead in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting (Photo: NBC News)

Five dead in Fort Laud­erdale air­port shoot­ing (Pho­to: NBC News)

At least five peo­ple were killed and anoth­er eight injured Fri­day after a shoot­er opened fired at the Fort Laud­erdale-Hol­ly­wood Inter­na­tion­al Air­port.

The gun­man appeared to ran­dom­ly shoot into a crowd with what reports are describ­ing as a black hand­gun. The shoot­er, sus­pect­ed by mul­ti­ple law enforce­ment sources to be Este­ban San­ti­a­go, 26, con­tin­ued to shoot into the crowd until he ran out of ammo.

Eye­wit­ness John Schich­er had just reached the Ter­mi­nal 2 bag­gage claim when the gun­man start­ed fir­ing feet from where he stood with his wife and moth­er-in-law.  There were “elder­ly peo­ple who were shot and killed,” Schich­er told reporters. “There were two peo­ple to my left and two peo­ple to my right that were shot.”

Accord­ing to Schich­er, the gun­man was able to reload his gun before police came and stopped the attack. After shots were fired, Schich­er called 911 as his wife and moth­er-in-law tend­ed to vic­tims next to them, admin­is­ter­ing first aid to a man with a head wound and using a sweater to try and stop the bleed­ing of anoth­er vic­tim.

In the chaot­ic moments after the shoot­ing, cam­eras caught pas­sen­gers, as well as fire fight­ers and oth­er emer­gency per­son­nel, stand­ing out on the tar­mac. Pas­sen­gers were vis­i­bly shak­en by the events, as con­fu­sion con­tin­ued well after the gun­man was cap­tured.

Ari Flesch­er, for­mer white house press sec­re­tary, was among the trav­el­ers at the time of the shoot­ing and tweet­ed that “Every­one is run­ning” short­ly after shots rang out at the air­port. He then tweet­ed that “all seems calm now” after the sus­pect was cap­tured.

The Broward Coun­ty Sheriff’s office tweet­ed that one sub­ject has been tak­en into cus­tody. Accord­ing to an ear­li­er tweet, the sheriff’s office received a call regard­ing the shoot­ing at approx­i­mate­ly 12:55 p.m today.

5 killed, 8 injured in Fort Laud­erdale air­port shoot­ing
5 killed, 8 injured in Fort Laud­erdale air­port shoot­ing

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