UPDATE: Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida identified the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter as Esteban Santiago, based on the latter's military identification. There are reports, However, that there may be another shooter. Eight people have been hospitalized; five people are confirmed dead.
Ari Fleischer, who was George W. Bush’s press spokesman, tweeted that shots were fired at the airport at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Everyone is running,” he tweeted. There are reports that at least nine people have been shot, three fatally.
A suspect is now in custody. Law enforcement expert Jim Cavanaugh told MSNBC News, "You're trying to understand, is this a one-off guy? Regardless of motive, is he alone, or is there something else?" Cavanaugh added, “We hate to think that way, but that's the requirement for police commanders — to think that way." Fleischer later tweeted, “All seems calm.”
I'm at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 6, 2017
There is an ongoing incident in Terminal 2, Baggage Claim. Media availability is at the staging area.— Ft. Laude-Hlwd Int'l (@FLLFlyer) January 6, 2017
Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
There are four terminals at the international airport, while the incident occurred at Terminal 2.