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FBI on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting: Accused shooter used a semi-auto handgun

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[UPDATE] January 7, 2017 at 10:47 AM |

Miami FBI, Broward Sheriff’s Office gave a press conference Saturday on Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting.

Here are some key takeaways from the conference:
-Officials change injured victims from 8 to 6
-The airport was shutdown to make sure everyone was safe
-No specific reason for Ft. Lauderdale shooting yet, officials say
-The suspect used a 9 mil. semi-auto handgun, make not given

[UPDATE] 10:15 PM |

Federal law enforcement officials said investigators have not ruled out the attack as an act of terrorism in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting. It is still too early to say why the suspect traveled to Florida and authorities have not released the names of the victims as of Friday evening.

[UPDATE] 8:35 PM | 

The aunt of alleged Fort Lauderdale airport shooter Esteban Santiago, Maria Luisa Ruiz, told USA Today that her nephew had begun to see things and lose his mind a month before the attack on Friday. 

"I don’t know why this happened,” said Ruiz. 

She told reporters that Santiago had been living in Alaska and working in security. His son was born in Anchorage in September. 

[UPDATE] 6:45 PM | 

Jesse Davis is chief of police at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. He told The Associated Press that 26-year-old Esteban Santiago flew out of Anchorage, Alaska, on a 9:52 p.m. Delta flight Thursday, and that a firearm was his only piece of checked luggage. He says Santiago flew from Anchorage to Minneapolis-St. Paul and on to Fort Lauderdale.


[UPDATE] 5:24 PM |

During a press conference, Florida Gov. Rick Scott asked that no one politicize the attacks.

"Let's remember, this is a senseless act of evil," said Scott.  "Let's pray for those who are still fighting for their lives."

[UPDATE] 5:04 PM |  

Authorities have warned people in the airport that they have found a suspicious package and will be doing a controlled explosion. A loud noise will be heard, but people should not be alarmed. 

[UPDATE] 5:00 PM |  

Air Canada has tweeted out saying they do not have any record of a passenger named Esteban Santiago, or a checked gun. 

It's still unclear what airline the suspect flew on. Authorities still have not confirmed what airline the suspect has tweeted on. Air Canada has tweeted out that they have no record of him. 


WATCH | People are still on lockdown on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale airport

[UPDATE] 3:46 PM |  

Aviation security expert Sheldon H. Jacobson is familiar with these sorts of attacks. 

"What we have is another lone wolf incident where a shooter comes in a very vulnerable area and sticks damage as we just seen here right now."


Jacobson believes the shooter himself will be authorities' greatest resource. Oftentimes, in these kinds of attacks, the suspect will choose to end their own life rather than face the authorities. 

"One of the things that is a positive out of this is that the person did not kill themselves from what I can understand and that will provide tremendous amount of information on their background, the motive, which may help prevent such incidents in the future, or at least prepare for them so that the damage can be minimized or even deterred."

Shooting at an airport is what Jacobson  refers to as a "soft belly" target, which is selected to increase public concern. 

"it's not a surprise that even more people are anxious about traveling even though it's not the airplane that is the risk right now, it's the airport that become the risk. and it's very, very difficult. these are very vulnerable areas. we saw that in brussels," said Jacobson. 


[UPDATE] 3:34 PM |  

Israel also said that no other shots have been confirmed fired in any other section of the airport besides the where the initial attack took place.

"There is no second active shooter," said Israel. 

No information will be released on any victims until they can all be identified and their next of kin are notified. 

FBI on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting: Accused shooter used a semi-auto handgun

WATCH | Sheriff Scott Israel says that there is no second shooter

[UPDATE] 3:30 PM |  

According to Sheriff Scott Israel, a SWAT team is moving through the airport. The site is closed until the area is deemed safe. 

The shooter is in custody and is unharmed. No law enforcement fired any shots while apprehending him. He is being interviewed by FBI agents. No information will be released about the suspect. 


FBI on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting: Accused shooter used a semi-auto handgun

WATCH | Sheriff Scott Israel says at least 13 people were shot

[UPDATE] 3:24 PM |  

Reports indicate the suspected shooter, Esteban Santiago, was a passenger on a Canadian flight with a checked gun. Authorities have still not confirmed on which airline. 

He claimed the bag, took his gun out, and proceeded to load it in the bathroom. 

He emerged from the bathroom and opened fire. 

FBI on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting: Accused shooter used a semi-auto handgun

WATCH | A witness of the shooting recounts her experience

WATCH |  Scene from inside the terminal in Fort Lauderdale

[UPDATE] 2:57 PM |  

The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating "unconfirmed reports of addt'l shots fired on airport property."

FBI on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting: Accused shooter used a semi-auto handgun

WATCH | People continue to run on the tarmac despite the shooter being in custody

FBI on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting: Accused shooter used a semi-auto handgun

WATCH | Those injured in the shooting arrive at the hospital

[UPDATE] 2:37 PM |  

The shooter has been identified by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago. He is in custody and was carrying military identification. 

FBI on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting: Accused shooter used a semi-auto handgun

WATCH | Sen. Nelson names the suspected shooter

[UPDATE] 2:35 PM | President-elect Trump spoke to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. 

[UPDATE] 2:30 PM |

Officials and authorities are on the tarmac. People inside of the airport have rushed back out onto the tarmac. 

[UPDATE] 2:16 PM |

Five people have now been confirmed dead as a result of the incident, according to CNN

Florida Gov. Rick Scott travelled to the scene of the shooting. 

[UPDATE] 2:11 PM |

According to a spokesperson, the incident happened at terminal 2 in a baggage area.

Witnesses told reporters, "We heard the shots, just popping shots."

"I saw a man with a woman bleeding profusely and turning pale and just a trail of blood leaving from one of the doors, leading outside."

FBI on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting: Accused shooter used a semi-auto handgun

WATCH | Crowds evacuate the terminal and move onto the tarmac after the shooting begins

[UPDATE] 2 p.m.  ATF on scene 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) spokesperson Mary Markos told Circa, "The Miami ATF field division is responding." 


[UPDATE] 1:50 PM |  AP confirms the suspect was taken into custody.

[UPDATE] 1:44 PM |  NBC News is reporting that three people are dead.

Affiliate KOMO-TV shows passengers evacuating the airport onto the tarmac.

[UPDATE] 1:37 PM | According to CNN, the alleged shooter is now in custody.

[UPDATE] 1:33 PM |  Local media is reporting at least 9 people injured. 

Multiple people were shot at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport Friday.

[Original story]

Injuries were reported after a report of shots fired at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted Friday that he is at the airport and that shots were fired. He said that ‘everyone is running.’

FBI on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting: Accused shooter used a semi-auto handgun

WATCH | A map of the fort Lauderdale airport

According to a spokesperson, the incident happened at terminal 2.

(Julia Boccagno and Sinclair Broadcast Group contributed to this report)

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