President-elect Donald Trump has issued a brief statement on the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport on Twitter. Trump, whose election as President was also confirmed by Congress in Washington Friday, said that he has already spoken to Florida Governor Rick Scott about the situation. Officials have confirmed that five people were killed and eight others injured.
“Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe,” Trump wrote. Trump has yet to issue a longer statement. He had a meeting with leaders of the intelligence community during the day.
Scott also commented on Twitter, writing that traveled to Ft. Lauderdale to speak with law enforcement. The Palm Beach Post reports that Scott also called Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence to discuss the shooting at 2:20 p.m. ET. Scott’s office has not said if he spoke with President Barack Obama yet.
The Miami Herald reports that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said that the shooter killed five people and injured eight others before he was arrested.
Witnesses have posted graphic video of victims shot at baggage claim at Terminal 2. NBCMiami reports that Froward County Sheriff’s Office said they got a call about the shooting at around 12:55 p.m. ET.
Ari Fleischer, the former White House Press Secretary, was at the airport at the time of the shooting and tweeted about it. “I’m at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running,” he wrote. “The police said there is one shooter and five victims.”
There were reports of gunshots at a parking garage, which police cleared out. Passengers fled the scene across the tarmac. However, this second incident has yet to be confirmed as a shooting, according to Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief.
Sharief later told Fox News that there are no signs of a second shooter. During a press conference, officials confirmed that there was not a shooting at terminal 1. There was only one shooting incident at the airport. The airport director also said that arriving planes that already arrived on the tarmac might have to fly to another city’s airport, where passengers can get off.
The airport administration tweeted that the airport has been closed and will be “for an extended period of time.”
This is a breaking story and will continue to be updated.
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