DEVELOPING – “Multiple people” are dead and a shooting suspect is in custody Friday after gunfire erupted at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, the Broward County Sheriff said.
The shooting took place around 1 p.m. local time and 8 people who were injured were transported to hospitals, authorities said. The city’s mayor said there was only one shooter involved.
The airport tweeted that there is an “ongoing incident” at the Terminal 2 baggage claim and that all services are temporarily suspended.
Crews evacuated hundreds of passengers from the terminal onto the tarmac.
Ari Fleischer, a former White House spokesman, was at the airport at the time of the shooting and tweeted that “everyone is running.”
Jillian Saunders, from Palm Beach, Florida, told The Associated Press in direct Twitter messages that she was watching the activity from the tarmac in a plane scheduled to fly to Los Angeles.
“Everything you see on the news is happening outside my window,” she said. “I am luckily on the plane and they said we are right now the safest people at the airport.”
The office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott said state law enforcement have not confirmed a motive behind the shooting. Scott is traveling to the scene to be briefed by law enforcement.
The ATF is responding to the scene. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was monitoring the shooting and getting regular updates — part of standard practice, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News.
The airport is the 21st busiest in the United States and serves 21 different airlines. Nearly 2.5 million people passed through the airport in November, according to a county government report.
Fox News’ Matt Dean, Catherine Herridge, Phil Keating and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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