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Florida sheriff: Airport suspected gunman likely acted alone, second shooting dismissed

Florida shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel dismissed reports that a second shooting took place at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Florida after the first shooting incident which left five people killed and eight injured.

The suspected shooter was apprehended in possession of a military ID with the name Esteban Santiago, law enforcement sources said. It has not been confirmed if the gunman is Santiago or if the suspect was simply carrying Santiago's ID. Authorities have not released the gunman's name.

Israel said at a press conference this afternoon that at this point it looks likely the suspected gunman acted alone.

The sheriff also said the investigation is ongoing, and the scene is considered "fluid" and "active"; he added that reports of a second incident at the airport were later dismissed.

Authorities received a call around 12:55 p.m. about shots fired, the Broward County Sheriff said on Twitter.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said the incident occurred in a public area, not a secure area.

Passengers were seen huddled on the tarmac with their luggage.

Meanwhile, the airport authorities announced that services are temporarily suspended at the airport and said passengers should contact your air carrier about their flight information. 

Last Modified: Saturday، 07 January 2017 01:04 AM