FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Authorities say that several people have been injured after a gunman opened fire at a Florida airport.
Broward County officials told NBC News that a gunman opened fire at Ft. Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport on Friday afternoon.
Initial reports indicated that at least nine people were shot, and three of those victims died from their injuries.
Officials with the Broward Sheriff’s Office say that “multiple people” are dead and that one person is in custody.
Sen. Bill Nelson said he has received confirmation that the gunman was identified as Estaban Santiago, adding that he may be in the U.S. military because he did have a military ID on him at the time of his arrest.
The Army National Guard confirmed that Santiago was honorably discharged about four months ago.
During a Friday afternoon briefing, county officials said that the shooter pulled a gun out of a checked bag, loaded it in a bathroom and started shooting,
NBC News reports that five people are dead and 13 others were injured in the shooting.
The Fort Lauderdale airport tweeted that the incident occurred at a baggage claim area inside Terminal 2. Passengers and workers were evacuated onto a tarmac.
Witnesses told MSNBC that the gunman laid down “spread eagle on the ground for about 10 to 15 seconds” before officers arrived. Some speculate that the gunman only stopped shooting when he ran out of ammunition.
The ATF announced that it is responding to the shooting to assist state and local police with the investigation.
Fort Lauderdale Major John Seiler released the following statement:
“Broward County operates the International Airport, but the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the 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. It would be more appropriate for Broward County to provide a formal comment or statement on the incident at this time.”