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People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooter opened fire inside a terminal of the airport, killing several people and wounding others before being taken into custody, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Violence at US airports is rare, but here are six recent instances where it proved fatal


Friday's lone-wolf airport shooting in Fort Lauderdale left five people dead and wounded several others.

Law enforcement authorities were able to take suspected assailant Esteban Santiago in "without incident," but that's not always the case. In fact, it's pretty unusual for an airport shooter to go unscathed, as exemplified in past airport shootings.

Below are other high-profile instances of violence exhibited at airports, each with differing motives and outcomes. 

November 15, 2016

As Americans celebrated their next commander-in-chief, Llyod Buie, an Army vet turned airline worker, opened fire and killed 52-year-old Michael Winchester at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Winchester, a Southwest Airlines employee, was a former University of Oklahoma football player and the father of current NFL player James Winchester.

May 2, 2013

Carnell Marcus Moore, 29, fired two rifle shots in Houston's largest airport before killing himself. One person was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. 

Nearly 24 hours before the incident, Moore wrote of death on his Facebook page.

November 1, 2013

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, shot his way past an airport checkpoint with a .223-caliber rifle he carried in his duffel bag., ultimately killing a TSA worker in Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport.

Ciancia was subdued during the incident, but remained in critical condition following the events. 

Paul's family said they were "shocked and numbed" by the rampage and extended their sympathy to the family of the officer who died. 

April 27, 2006

Kenneth Callaway, 38, argued with airport ticket workers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport before he snatched another police officer's gun and shot a patrolman. A second officer shot and killed the assailant. 

July 5, 2002

Independence Day celebrations came to a screeching halt after an Egyptian-born man pulled a gun and opened fire at a busy ticket counter of El Al Israel Airlines. Hesham Mohamed Hadayet managed to kill two Israelis before authorities shot him dead.

** CORRECTS NAME OF ALLEGED SHOOTER TO HESHAM MOHAMED HADAYET, NOT HAYADET ** FBI special agent in charge of the criminal branch in Los Angeles, Richard Garcia, speaks to the media at a news conference Friday, July 5, 2002, in Los Angeles. At left are photos of Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, who authorities say gunned down two people at Israel's El Al ticket counter inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport Thursday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Following 9/11, many were quick to describe the incident as an act of terrorism. U.S. officials were initially hesitant, but arrived at the same conclusion in April 2003. FBI officials reported that the assailant was bent on becoming a martyr. 

August 6, 1974

A mentally disturbed man who self-identified as the "Alphabet Bomber" didn't wreak havoc at Los Angeles International Airport through guns, but through the detonation of explosives, according to the LA Times

Muharem Kurbegovic, an immigrant from Yugoslavia, killed three and wounded 36 others.

Six years later, he was found guilty on 25 counts of murder, arson, attempted murder, possession of explosive material and exploding a bomb.

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