Update: U.S. officials say the gunman was a passenger on a Canadian flight and was carrying a checked gun
Update: Five people killed, eight injured and taken to hospital after Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, police say.
Fort Lauderdale: News media outlets are reporting that multiple people have been shot at Fort Lauderdale international airport.
On its official Twitter account, airport officials said there was an “ongoing incident” in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area. They did not elaborate. Miami area television stations are reporting that at least nine people were shot and that the shooter is in custody.
News helicopters hovering over the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac early Friday afternoon as an ambulance drove by and numerous law enforcement officers rushed to the scene.
Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport when shots were fired and “everyone is running.” Calls to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department were not immediately returned.