Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Leaves Multiple People Dead, Wounded

UPDATED 10:11 p.m. ET: The gunman who allegedly opened fire has been identified as Esteban Santiago, a former vet who was deployed in Iraq, CNN reports. 

Original story below:

A shooting at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, January 6, has killed five and wounded multiple people, authorities confirm.

CNN reports that the incident took place near terminal 2. The Broward County Sheriff's Office told the site that the lone shooter was taken into custody, and it's unclear what the motive was.

In this still image from video provided by NBC TV Local10, people stand on the tarmac after shots were fired at the international airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Local10 and other news media outlets reported Friday that multiple people were shot.
In this still image from video provided by NBC TV Local10, people stand on the tarmac after shots were fired at the international airport in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Local10 and other news media outlets reported Friday that multiple people were shot. NBC TV Local10 via AP

Helicopters hovered over the area while first responders rushed to the scene. At one point, hundreds of people stood on the tarmac while the victims were being transported to a nearby hospital.

The airport has since suspended operations. On Friday afternoon, Orlando International Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell released a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "An incident like this does increase a heightened awareness and increase monitoring," Fennell said. "Security is everyone’s responsibility. If you see something, say something."

Updates to come.

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