Reports of an active shooter was reported at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida Airport (FLL), and there were a total of thirteen victims, including five that are reportedly deceased, authorities said, according to NBC New York.
The suspect, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago of New Jersey, appeared to be firing multiple shots at random, NBC New York reported.
Heavy spoke with the mother of a pilot in Fort Lauderdale, Suzi Hosfeld, who stated that her son was “flying above the airport and has to divert to another airport. Ft. Lauderdale airport is closed, no flights in. He is in contact with tower and pilots can hear police and FBI radio.”
Lindsey Totten, a passenger who was already aboard a plane at the airport when the chaos ensued, is thankful to be alive. She told Heavy:
We were sitting in the plane for what felt like almost an hour and about 40 minutes into waiting I received a call from a panicked friend and I had no clue what was going on. He let me know and then a few minutes later I saw the live feed that the person sitting in front of me was watching.
It’s a terrible crime, and I feel lucky that I wasn’t around that terminal during that time. I am praying for the families of the victims and those who I’m sure are completely traumatized by what happened today.
Here are firsthand social media witness accounts and reactions:
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