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Gunman Opens Fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport, 5 People Dead (Updating)

Lone suspect in custody after shooting on Friday

A gunman opened fire on Friday at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in the latest mass shooting to afflict the U.S.

Early reports indicated that at least five people were killed and 13 others wounded, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

A suspect, whose identity and motive were not initially disclosed, was in custody, according to the Sheriff’s department.

At approximately 1:15 p.m. ET, the airport tweeted that there was “an ongoing incident in Terminal 2, Baggage Claim.”

Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary, tweeted that he was at the airport and that “Shots have been fired.”

Parts of the airport were promptly evacuated, with aerial footage from the scene showing people gathering on the tarmac. Florida Gov. Rick Scott was en route to the scene to be briefed by law enforcement.

All services at the airport were suspended immediately.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said that only one shooter was believed to be involved. “We have no evidence at this time that he was acting with anyone else,” Sharief told CNN. “He is currently in custody and we’re investigating.”

The incident occurred just over six months after a lone gunman named Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people at Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse. Another 53 people were injured in the assault, regarded as one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.