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(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Five people were killed and eight others were injured in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Florida Friday, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

The suspected shooter was apprehended in possession of a military ID with the name Esteban Santiago, law enforcement sources said. It has not been confirmed if the gunman is Santiago or if the suspect was simply carrying Santiago’s ID.

Authorities have not released the gunman’s name. Israel said at this point it looks likely the suspected gunman acted alone.

Israel said the investigation is ongoing and the scene is considered “fluid” and “active”; he added that reports of a second incident at the airport were later dismissed.

The airport said the deadly shooting incident was in the baggage claim area at Terminal 2, which was evacuated.

The Broward Sheriff said on Twitter that a call was received around 12:55 p.m. about shots fired.

Witness Mark Lea told ABC News he heard “what sounded like firecrackers” before people began yelling and “frantically running.”

Lea said he saw then saw a gunman who was “randomly shooting people.”

The gunman “went through a couple dozen rounds” before throwing the gun down away from him and “lying face-down and spread-eagle,” waiting for officers to approach him, according to Lea.

Lea said he helped some people run to safety and consoled several people on the scene.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said the incident occurred in a public area, not a secure area.

Passengers were seen huddled on the tarmac with their luggage.

Photos also showed the blood-stained ground at the airport.

President Obama was briefed on the shooting, said National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price.

Donald Trump tweeted about the incident, saying, “Thoughts and prayers for all.”


Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017


The airport said all services are temporarily suspended.


All services are temporarily suspended at #FLL. Please contact your air carrier about your flight information. https://t.co/Uwbaa6n6aB

— Ft. Laude-Hlwd Int’l (@FLLFlyer) January 6, 2017


Flights more than 50 miles away from the airport are being diverted.

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