Live Updates: 13 Shot at Fort Lauderdale Airport

People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooter opened fire inside the terminal, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A gunman opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday, killing several people and wounding others before being taken into custody, officials said. …
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A gunman, identified by authorities as Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, 26, is reportedly in custody after at least five people were shot and killed at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport Friday.

Wearing a Star Wars T-shirt, the shooter reportedly opened fire at the baggage carousel in Terminal 2.

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Update 5:48 pm ET: New photo shows Santiago-Ruiz in a keffiyeh:

Update 5:44 pm ET: Confirmed: The site of the shooting was a gun-free zone.

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Update 5:33 pm ET: Santiago-Ruiz’s aunt tells a local reporter that the young man “‘lost his mind’ after a tour of duty in Iraq.”

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Air Canada denies reports that Santiago was a passenger on one of its flights:

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Update 4:36 pm ET: Suspect appears to have used a pistol.

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According to Fox News, the suspected Ft. Lauderdale gunman “was a passenger on a Canadian Air Flight and checked his gun. He claimed his bag, took the gun from the bag, went into the bathroom and loaded it, came out and started shooting.”

Law enforcement officials are now saying at least 13 people were wounded.

The gunman was reportedly taken into custody without law enforcement having to fire a shot.

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Unverified video has surfaced on Twitter that appears to show a chaotic scene inside the baggage claim area.

KETV 7 reports TSA confirmed that there were reports of more shots fired at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International. The shots were reportedly fired around 2:30 pm ET.

TSA tweeted:

Update 2:35 pm ET: President-elect Donald Trump has expressed his concern for the tragedy on Twitter and the White House has released the following statement from NSC Spokesperson Ned Price:

The President was apprised this afternoon by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport and will be kept updated as the investigation unfolds.

Update 2:48 pm ET: Former George W. Bush White House Press Secrectary Ari Fleischer was in the airport when the shots rang out.

CNN reports that the incident occurred in the baggage claim area of terminal 2. Innocents were rushed out of the building and gathered on the tarmac while law enforcement swept the building.

Flights “are still operating from the south side of the airport,” as the shooting incident occurred on the north side.

MSNBC quotes Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), that the suspected gunman at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International was named Estaban Santiago. Nelson said the gunman “was carrying a military ID.” Nelson stressed that that does not mean it was the gunman’s actual ID.

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