AIRPORT ATTACK At least 5 dead, 8 injured after gunman shoots up Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood terminal
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Five people are dead, eight wounded and a shooting suspect is in custody Friday after a lone gunman opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida without saying a word, witnesses and authorities say.
At 2:30 p.m. local time, the TSA said there was another active shooter at the airport and that all terminals were closed. Authorities said there was no confirmation of another active shooter.
The suspect in custody was identified as Esteban Santiago, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told reporters. He said Santiago was carrying a military ID, but did not elaborate.
Eight people were rushed to hospitals, the Broward County Sheriff said.
"It was very surreal," John Schlicher, a witness, told Fox News. "He did not say a word." He described the shooter as a slender man with dark hair, likely in his 30s, wearing a Star Wars T-shirt.
While speaking to Shepard Smith live on Fox News, Schlicher said he heard crews ordering passengers to take cover. He spoke over the phone while ducked down on the floor.
"He was shooting people that were down on the ground, too," Schlicher said.
The gunman apparently got down on the ground and waited for police to arrive after he ran out of bullets, a witness told CBS News.
President Barack Obama was briefed on the shooting by his Homeland Security adviser, the White House said.
The airport had tweeted that there was an “ongoing incident” at the Terminal 2 baggage claim. The terminal serves Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.
Video posted on Instagram appeared to show several people wounded in the baggage claim area of the terminal. One person appeared to be lying in a pool of blood with a head wound.
Paramedics could be seen treating a bleeding victim outside the airport. Hundreds of people stood on the tarmac as an ambulance drove by.
Ari Fleischer, a former White House spokesman, was at the airport at the time of the shooting and tweeted that "everyone is running."
Jillian Saunders, from Palm Beach, Florida, told The Associated Press in direct Twitter messages that she was watching the activity from the tarmac in a plane scheduled to fly to Los Angeles.
"Everything you see on the news is happening outside my window," she said. "I am luckily on the plane and they said we are right now the safest people at the airport."
The office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott said state law enforcement have not confirmed a motive behind the shooting.