At least 5 dead, 8 injured after gunman opens fire at Florida airport

At least 5 dead, 8 injured after gunman opens fire at Florida airport
Image source: WPLG-TV

At least five people are dead and eight injured after a gunman opened fire Friday at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said authorities have not yet determined a motive in the case, and that it is “too early” to say if it is terrorism. It is believed the gunman, who has been identified as 26-year-old Estaban Santiago.

Former White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush, who was at the airport, was tweeting as the event unfolded inside Terminal 2 Friday.

The airport’s Twitter account indicated the incident occurred in the baggage claim area, a space that is not secured in most airports. All service to and from the airport, which is among the nation’s busiest, was immediately suspended.

Aerial photos from local news stations showed passengers standing outside on the airport’s tarmac.

A separate incident was reported inside Terminal 1.

Israel said those reports stemmed from an injury that occurred as one passenger was trying to escape.

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