FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport was evacuated Friday after someone opened fire, killing multiple people, according to officials.
On its official Twitter account, airport officials said there was an “ongoing incident” in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area, but they did not elaborate.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that five people were killed and that the shooter was taken into custody. The sheriff’s office said eight people were injured and transported to an area hospital.
Sen. Bill Nelson told ABC News that the gunman has a military ID.
Nelson said in a news conference that the gunman’s ID had the name Esteban Santiago.
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who was at the airport during the incident, tweeted that “Shots have been fired. Everyone is running.”
The names of the victims have not been released.
The Orlando International Airport is on heightened alert.
“Whenever there’s an incident like this that occurs, there’s going to be heightened security/monitoring,” Carolyn Fennell of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority said. “All agencies are engaged. Security isn’t the responsibility of any one agency, but all of us.”
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.