FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A lone shooter opened fire at the Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, international airport Friday, killing five people
and injuring eight before he was taken into custody, officials said. The
airport suspended operations as law enforcement authorities rushed to
the scene and emergency medical workers treated at least one bleeding
victim on the tarmac.
Authorities have not yet released a motive for the shooting inside Terminal 2, which serves Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.
Broward County Sheriff's Office cited multiple deaths on its Twitter
account, and Gov. Rick Scott was headed to the airport for a briefing by
News stations showed video of medics taking care
of a bleeding victim outside the airport. News helicopters showed
hundreds of people standing on the tarmac as an ambulance drove by.
County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN authorities that a lone shooter
was responsible for the attack and had been taken into custody.
"We have an active crime scene investigation involving terminal 2," she said.
Saunders, from Palm Beach, Florida, told The Associated Press in direct
Twitter messages that she was watching the activity on the tarmac from
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."
officials said on the airport's website that it was suspending flights.
Earlier in the day, the Federal Aviation Administration regulated the
pace of flights because of heavy volume after morning fog. According to
tracking service FlightAware, about 60 flights to and from Fort
Lauderdale were delayed and fewer than a dozen canceled before the