“At this point, it looks like he acted alone. It’s too early to say either way whether this was an act of terrorism.” – 5 Dead 8 Injured Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

5 Dead 8 Injured Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

image by Broward County Sheriff’s Office

5 Dead 8 Injured Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting


The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The incident is believed to have occurred inside a terminal near a baggage claim area.

BCSO indicates one person related to the shooting is in custody. As of 1:50 pm Cullman time, BCSO is engaged in an active search of the airport due to unconfirmed reports of additional shots fired on airport property. Those reports were finally proven to be inaccurate by BCSO.

The Broward County Sheriff would not confirm the shooter’s identity, the condition of the wounded, or the type of weapon used. But CBS tweeted a photo they claimed was believed to be the one used in the airport shooting.

Later some officials have identified the alleged shooter as Esteban Santiago (26) from New Jersey who carried a military ID. He boarded the plane in Alaska.

The injured have been transported to area hospitals.

The Upper level of the airport was left open for a short period of time. All flight services have now been temporarily suspended in and out of the airport.

No passengers are being allowed to enter or leave the airport. Hundreds of people are out on the tarmac, hundreds more sequestered into specific areas of the airport.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler released this statement about the incident:

“Broward County operates the International Airport, but the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department and Fire Department are providing mutual aid and response. We have our units on site and around the perimeter to provide assistance and support, and we remain ready, willing, and able to provide additional assistance, support, and resources.

Our community extends its thoughts, prayers, and support to the victims and their families.”

You can listen to the initial transmission from local emergency responders radio: http://chirb.it/hJwGJ4

Those with Periscope can watch the Komo News 4 video here:

Former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer was in the airport at the time of the shooting:

According to CBS News: Esteban Santiago was known to the FBI prior to carrying out the massacre.

Law enforcement sources told CBS that the suspected assailant walked into an FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska, in November 2016 claiming he was being forced to fight for ISIS.

Bryan Santiago, the suspect’s brother, told The Associated Press that Esteban had been receiving psychological treatment in Alaska, but he did not know what he was being treated for.

It is believed Santiago was born in New Jersey moving with family to Puerto Rico at age 2, served in Puerto Rico’s National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq in 2010, Puerto Rico’s National Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Dahlen told The Associated Press.

He is being interviewed by a team of FBI agents and homicide detectives according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

“At this point, it looks like he acted alone.” Israel also noted that “it’s too early to say either way” whether this was an act of terrorism.

5 Dead 8 Injured Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

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