LIVE VIDEO: 5 dead in Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting

Posted at 12:22 PM, Jan 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-06 16:46:30-05

Officials said the shooter had a legally checked gun, went into the bathroom, loaded the gun and started shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Florida Airport.

UPDATE: Scripps station WFTS is reporting that Terminal 1 is now being evacuated after additional gunshots were heard in the airport.

Helicopter video showed people running across the tarmac, fleeing the terminal.

More on this as it develops. According to the TSA, the incident is being classified as an active shooter situation. WATCH LIVE: 




Five people have been killed and eight have been wounded in a shooting Friday at the Fort Lauderdale airport, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.

The gunman, identified as Esteban Santiago, 26, is in custody and was a lone shooter, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN on Friday.

"We have no evidence at this time that he was acting with anyone else. He is currently in custody and we're investigating," Sharief said. Investigators are looking into the suspect's motive, she said.



Parts of the airport were apparently evacuated. Aerial footage from CNN affiliates showed large groups of people standing outside on the tarmac.

Airport officials said on Twitter that there is an "ongoing incident" in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2.

Multiple reports on social media — including tweets from former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, described the shooting.

Gene Messina had just arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Delta Flight 2012 as people were being evacuated from the terminal.



"I got off the plane and I saw people running and screaming. At first I was in shock but when I saw TSA agents running, I booked," Messina told CNN over Instagram.

In November 2016, nearly 2.5 million travelers passed through Fort Lauderdale's airport, according to a government report on the facility.

There are four terminals at the airport.




This is a developing story. For the latest, stay tuned to WFTS-TV in Tampa.