At least five people are dead and eight others injured when a gunman opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. One shooter identified as Esteban Santiago, 26, formerly of New Jersey and Alaska, has been apprehended, according to Broward County Sheriff's Office.


Esteban Santiago started shooting people near the baggage claim area in Terminal 2. As Santiago began shooting, people began running and screaming throughout the airport. Police arrived within minutes and took Santigo into custody. Law enforcement offices are working together to determine what happened.

Santiago arrived at Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport aboard a flight that departed from Canada. Apparently, after Santaigo got off his flight, he headed to the baggage claim area and then got the gun out of his luggage. Once Police arrived, he laid on the floor, spread eagle and waited for them to take him into custody. He was wearing dog tags and possible military identification, and was able to transport the weapon. The shooter was in the National Guard and had served a year in Iraq.

John Schicher was at the baggage claim area with his wife and mother-in-law when the shooting began. Schicher spoke to MSNBC and stated, "He was holding a black handgun and just started shooting randomly into the crowd," Schicher said.

Schicher continued to state, "There were elderly people who were shot and killed, there were two people to my left and two people to my right that were shot."

Former White House Pres Secretary Ari Fleischer was at the airport at the time of the shooting. Fleischer said. I'm at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired.

Everyone is running," Fleischer posted on Twitter.


After the shooting, the Ft. Lauderdale airport has been nothing but chaos. Airport and law enforcement officers evacuated the airport and hundreds of people had to go outside. Many people also received minor injuries as they ran to safety and evacuated Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Many people have been taken to local hospitals, and others reacted to being in the direct heat for hours, while authorities continue to investigate the shooting, water has been distributed to the people as they were made to wait.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief stated, "The shooter acted alone and there is no evidence of a partner. At this time we do not have a motive, but we are actively investigating that." Sharief said.

Flordia Governor Rick Scott stated that he was on his way to the airport and would be briefed by law enforcement. Governor Rick Scott also has not spoken to President Obama about the incident but had been speaking to President-elect Donald Trump.

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter and said that he was "monitoring the terrible situation in Florida," and that he had spoken to Governor Rick Scott.

The airport remains closed at this time. No information on the victims has been released.