Update: 4 Dead in Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting
Authorities say multiple people have died after a lone suspect opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, international airport.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted the information following Friday afternoon’s shooting.
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN that authorities “have an active crime scene investigation involving terminal 2.”
NBC Miami reported that at least nine people were shot in the incident, four of them fatally. The broadcaster cited local law enforcement sources for its information.
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Miami area television stations reported that at least six people were shot. News stations showed video of medics taking care of a bleeding victim outside the airport. News helicopters hovering over the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac as an ambulance drove by and numerous law enforcement officers, including tactical units, 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.”
“I was dodging bullets and trying to help people get out of the way,” witness Mark Lea told NBC of the shooting, which occurred inside the baggage claim area.
“At first we thought it was firecrackers,” he added. “Everyone started screaming and running. The shooter made his way down through baggage claim. He had what looked like a 9mm and emptied his entire clip. People were trying to run.”
He said that once the shooter ran out of ammunition, “he was gunned down by police.”
“It was absolutely surreal,” he said. “People were scared and frantically running to avoid being shot. People were tripping over each other. They were trying to make a fast exit out of the door.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.