Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting: Five People Shot Dead By Florida Gunman

 

Hundreds of people have been forced to wait on the airport tarmac for police to clear the terminal

“Multiple people” have been shot dead by a lone gunman at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, say officials.

The airport said there was an “ongoing incident” at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2.

There were five people dead and one person in custody, Broward Sheriff’s office said in a tweet.Shooting victims have been arriving at area hospitals

Hundreds of people were standing on the tarmac as dozens of police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene.

Eight people have been injured and were taken to local hospitals, Sheriff Scott Israel said on Twitter.

Police received a call just before 1300 local time (1800 GMT) about shots fired at Terminal Drive.

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said in a tweet: “I’m at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running.”

A witness told MSNBC that the gunman was a “slender man’ who was wearing a Star Wars T-shirt.

The gunman, who appeared to be in his 20s, did not speak and was shot by police as he attempted to reload, John Schlicher said.

He added that his mother-in-law administered first aid to someone who had been shot in the head.

BBC

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