At Least Five People Reported Killed in Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

A t least five people were reported killed and eight people injured as the result of a shooting by a lone gunman at the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier today, according to the official Twitter account of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

The communications department received a call of “shots fired” at approximately 12:55 in the afternoon earlier this afternoon, Friday, January 6, 2017.

The eight people who were injured were transported to a local hospital.

One person is in custody.

Airport Closed for Now; Flights Suspended or Diverted

Fatal shooting January 6 2017

Source: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Parts of the airport were reportedly evacuated with people out onto the tarmac and — according to the official Twitter account of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport — all services at the airport have been suspended.

Ari Fleischer — who is a former press secretary of the White House and was at the airport at the time of when the shooting occurred — posted several messages at his official Twitter account.

No motive has been ascertained at this time as to why the shooting occurred.

Members of InsideFlyer are discussing this incident; and members of FlyerTalk are also currently discussing this incident:


Some flights which were scheduled to arrive at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were diverted to Miami International Airport. Check with the airline operating the flights on which you are scheduled to be a passenger if you expected to depart from or land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport aboard an airplane over the next few hours.

I have used this airport countless times over the years. Terminal 2 is used mainly by Delta Air Lines and Air Canada; and it is shown in red in the graphic display at the top of this article.

In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims — as well as their family members, friends and colleagues — of this tragic incident…

Source: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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