Five Dead, 8 Wounded in Airport Shooting
By The Associated Press
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Authorities say five people have died and eight were wounded after a lone suspect opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, international airport.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office tweeted the information following Friday afternoon's shooting.
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN that authorities "have an active crime scene investigation involving terminal 2."
The incident apparently happened at the baggage area just after 1 pm.
News stations showed video of medics taking care of a bleeding victim outside the airport. Helicopters hovering over the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac as an ambulance drove by and numerous law enforcement officers, including tactical units, rushed to the scene.
Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport when shots were fired and "everyone is running."
The Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said in a news conference that the shooter was arrested without incident and without shots being fired. He said it's too early to say for certain, but it appears that the shooter acted alone. FBI agents and local authorities are interviewing the suspect.
The sheriff said SWAT teams were sweeping the facility before anyone enters the building to continue investigating. He would not say which flight or airline was involved, or give any details on victims.
An airport official said all traffic is halted, and they are cooperating with authorities. There was no estimate given for when the airport would re-open.