(SL) – Five people are dead and eight others were injured after a shooting Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Sheriff Scott Israel said the gunman identified as, 26-year old, Esteban Santiago was not injured and was taken into custody without incident.
Reportedly, Santiago was a passenger on a Canadian flight who had a checked gun in his luggage. Allegedly he claimed his bag, took out the gun, loaded it in a bathroom and came out firing.
Israel said it’s too early to tell whether the shooting was an act of terrorism.
A pilot who was a passenger on a flight at the airport said he heard what sounded like gunshots and witnessed a man with his hands up being chased by deputies shortly after the shooting in the baggage claim.
Authorities believe the shooter is a “home-grown violent extremist” .
Passengers from all terminals were being moved to the tarmac and searched by authorities. All services at the airport have been suspended, and the airport’s director said he doesn’t know when operations will resume. Traffic to the airport was being diverted, and a BSO armored vehicle was blocking the ramp from Interstate 595. The Federal Aviation Administration said flights within about 50 miles of Fort Lauderdale were being allowed to land at the airport. Other airborne flights were being diverted to other airports, while flights scheduled to depart for Fort Lauderdale were being held on the ground at their airports of origin.