Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: 5 dead, suspect in custody
Five people are dead and thirteen are wounded in the shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, according to a law enforcement official.
(CNN) - The gunman who opened fire at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, had a gun checked in his baggage and had declared the firearm, law enforcement sources told CNN.
The suspect flew to Florida from Alaska, via Canada, the sources said. When he arrived at the Fort Lauderdale Airport, he retrieved his bag at baggage claim, he took out the gun and started firing, the sources said. One source said he went to the bathroom to get the gun out of his luggage and emerged firing.
"We have no evidence at this time that he was acting with anyone else. He is currently in custody and we're investigating," Sharief said. Investigators are looking into the suspect's motive, she said.
Here's the latest on what we know:
• Five people are dead, a law enforcement official told CNN.
• Thirteen people were transported to a hospital, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN.
• Multiple reports on social media -- including tweets from former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer -- described the shooting.
• Gene Messina told CNN he'd arrived at the airport as people were being evacuated from the terminal. "I got off the plane and I saw people running and screaming," he said. "At first I was in shock but when I saw TSA agents running, I booked."
• Investigators are looking into the gunman's motive, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN. Investigators haven't released his name or detailed the events leading up to the shooting.
• The shooting occurred in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2, officials said.
• Parts of the airport were evacuated. Aerial footage from CNN affiliates showed large groups of people standing outside on the tarmac.
• More than an hour after the shooting, officials had allowed people to return into the airport, but tensions were still running high, a witness told CNN.
"Everyone sprinted outside again. We are back out on the tarmac," Judah Fernandez said, adding that it was unclear why people had rushed outside.
• Investigators say they're looking into unconfirmed reports of additional shots fired on airport property. The TSA advised people at the airport to shelter in place.
• The first call about the shooting came in at 12:55 p.m. ET, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.
• Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Fort Lauderdale to be briefed by law enforcement, his office said.
• The ATF is responding to the shooting, the agency said, and the FBI is also in touch with local authorities.
• Most flights scheduled to land at the airport will be delayed or diverted, the FAA said. Flights in the air as of 2:15 p.m. that are within 50 miles of the airport will be allowed to land, according to the agency.
• In November 2016, nearly 2.5 million travelers passed through Fort Lauderdale's airport, according to a government report on the facility.
• There are four terminals at the airport, which ranks 21st in the US in terms of total passengers.
• The airport serves about 30 airlines. Many passengers use it because of its convenience to nearby cruse ship terminals.