5 Dead, Several Wounded In Shooting At Ft. Lauderdale Airport

UPDATED | January 6, 2017 4.15 PM

Updates – This is a developing story. Follow CBSDFW.com for the latest information. 

2:50 pm The shooter, identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, claimed his bag and took the gun from baggage and went into the bathroom to load it. He came out shooting people in baggage claim. There were 13 total shot, 5 dead, 8 taken to hospital. An airport official said that Santiago was on a flight out of Canada, but Air Canada said it has no record of the suspected shooter being on one of its flights. 

Esteban Santiago, 26 (credit: CBS News)

Esteban Santiago, 26 (credit: CBS News)

2:05 pm – Local Mayor tells CBS News it may take several more hours to clear the airport. The scene could be active until 8:00pm or longer.

1:53 pm –  CBS News reporting the airport shooter has been identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago by law enforcement sources; Santiago was found with a military ID, he was born in New Jersey.

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1:38 pm – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport is suspending all operation.  Other terminals are being evacuated. People are taking shelter.

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The FAA is allowing flights within 50 miles of the airport to land, others already in the air will divert to other airports. There is a ‘ground hold’ for rest of FLL inbound flights.

Facebook has enabled their ‘Safety Check’ feature so Fort Lauderdale passengers can let friends and family know they are safe.

1:25 p.m. – The scene is still active. Police are running around and taking a defensive positions with guns drawn, yelling for people still in the airport to “get down.”

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBSDFW/CBS News/AP) – News media outlets are reporting that multiple people have been shot at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

On its official Twitter account, airport officials said there was an “ongoing incident” in the lower level Terminal 2 baggage claim area. They did not elaborate.

Sources are reporting that five people have been confirmed dead and at least 13 other people were shot.

Police have said that the lone-shooter is in custody.

“We heard the shots…popping shots,” and, “people yelling, people screaming — everyone’s taking off running,” witness at Fort Lauderdale Int’l Airport tells CBS News.

One witness says the suspect appeared to be randomly shooting people in the baggage claim area.

“He was calm, he wasn’t frantic…he just kept shooting – randomly. No rhyme, no reason” a witness told CBS News. “He threw his guns on the ground when he was finished and laid down, spread eagle, and waited for an officer to come get him.”

Ft. Lauderdale Shooting

News helicopters hovering over the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac early Friday afternoon as an ambulance drove by and numerous law enforcement officers rushed to the scene.

WATCH LIVE: Shooting At Fort Lauderdale Airport

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport when shots were fired and `’everyone is running.”

Calls to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department were not immediately returned.

*This is a developing story. Follow CBSDFW.com for the latest information. 

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