Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Esteban Santiago Arrested

A gunman opened fire Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, shooting at least nine people and killing one, Broward County officials said.

One shooter, identified as Esteban Santiago, has been taken into custody but there are concerns that there may be more than one gunman.


The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, located about 25 miles north of Miami, tweeted the incident occurred at a baggage claim inside Terminal 2.


In the aftermath of the chaos, cameras outside the airport showed firefighters and other emergency personnel, plus large groups of passengers, standing on a tarmac. The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately order an official ground stop at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, but officials were not letting anyone inside.


Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport at the time of the shooting and “everyone is running.” He later tweeted that “all seems calm.”

The airport posted on Twitter that there is an “ongoing incident” in a baggage claim area of shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday.

NBC News cited an unidentified law enforcement source saying that three victims had died and that a shooter was in custody.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for information.

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