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Multiple People Shot, Killed at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida

  • VOA Staff

Five people were confirmed dead and eight more were injured Friday in a shooting at a Florida airport, law enforcement officials said.

An active search was underway amid unconfirmed reports of additional shots having been fired, authorities said.

An hour after the first shooting, shots were fired in a different terminal of the airport and the suspect remained at large, The Miami Herald reported.

The eight people injured at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were transferred to a local hospital, the Broward County sheriff's office said on its official Twitter account. It also indicated that the attack had been carried out by a lone suspect who was in custody.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson told reporters a military ID with the name Esteban Santiago was found on the suspect, though it was not confirmed that the card belonged to him. Nelson said a motive had yet to be determined.

Witnesses told ABC News that the assailant repeatedly yelled, "I'm not Jewish."

Travelers are evacuated out of the terminal and onto the tarmac after airport shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, Jan. 6, 2017.
Travelers are evacuated out of the terminal and onto the tarmac after airport shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, Jan. 6, 2017.

News helicopters hovering over the area showed hundreds of people waiting on the tarmac as ambulances took victims to the hospital and law enforcement personnel raced to the scene.

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport when shots were fired, but that the scene had since calmed.

All services at the airport were suspended, the airport announced on its official Twitter account.

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