Nine Shot, Three Dead After Gunman Opens Fire At Ft. Lauderdale Airport


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A gunman opened fire Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, shooting at least nine people and killing at least one, Broward County officials said cited by NBC.

The gunman is reportedly in custody, local law enforcement sources told NBC News.

The Fort Lauderdale airport tweeted the incident occurred at a baggage claim inside Terminal 2. Passengers and workers were evacuated onto a tarmac. “There is an ongoing incident in Terminal 2, Baggage Claim,” said a post on the airport’s Twitter account.

In the aftermath of the chaos, cameras outside the airport showed firefighters and other emergency personnel, plus large groups of passengers, standing on a tarmac. The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately order an official ground stop at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, but officials were not letting anyone inside.

A subsequent tweet by NBC noted that there were “multiple” casualties.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the shooting occurred inside an airport terminal. Passengers and workers were evacuated onto a tarmac.

A law enforcement expert said authorities will try to determine who the suspect is and whether there are other plots afoot.

“You’re trying to understand, is this a one-off guy? Regardless of motive, is he alone, or is there something else?” law enforcement expert Jim Cavanaugh told MSNBC. “We hate to think that way, but that’s the requirement for police commanders — to think that way.”

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport at the time of the shooting and “everyone is running.” He later tweeted that “all seems calm.”

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  1. Allen 6 January, 2017, 16:34

    I keep hearing experts saying that this incident is inexplicable at first glance: it makes no sense to check a weapon and fly from Alaska to Florida just to unpack the weapon and shoot up an unsecured baggage area. In truth? We who have been there know that when horrific events are inexplicable by reasonable means, unreasonable minds must turn to horrific possibilities. One of those possibilities is a false flag. Whether that is the case or not, expect a very loud shriek against checking weapons on commercial airlines — another avenue to infringe the Second Amendment. In fact, I hear Juan Williams on Fox raising that very concern as I type this comment. From recent experience, I can say that the procedure at the destinations airports is not consistent. At some airports you have to retrieve the hot bag at the security desk, while at others it comes right out onto the carousel for all to access, complete with a Weapon Enclosed tag visible to all.

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  2. Louis Fowlkes 6 January, 2017, 23:11

    The suspect in the Fort Lauderdale shooting was a U.S. military veteran who “lost his mind” after a tour of duty in Iraq, his aunt said Friday. This is a damn lie. It’s just another sorry excuse to give a free pass to sin. The fact that he didn’t go out in battle proves that he is not crazy. He is going to give in just when he know he is about to be destroyed.

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  3. WGP 7 January, 2017, 14:42

    Once again we see a gun free zone; when seconds count ….oops …no help whatsoever. The gunman even had time to reload, empty, lay on the floor and wait for LEO to arrest him. How pathetic our county is. Boycott commercial aviation till they get it figured out: End the gun free zones and save lives from cowards slaughtering the helpless.

    Chances of this happening are slim to none if we carried like we did back in the beginning of commercial aviation. First, the shooter would know (assuming they can think) people are carrying weapons, which may deter the event from even happening. Second, if they are that stupid, they will get a couple of shots off and find themselves gunned down by law abiding defenders of our freedom and liberty to travel freely without restrictions.

    Should the conversation/thought for those who might be claiming a bullet hole in the skin of an airplane will cause decompression are not well educated in pressurization in those tubes the folks fly in.

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    • Greg K 8 January, 2017, 11:55

      “Should the conversation/thought for those who might be claiming a bullet hole in the skin of an airplane will cause decompression are not well educated in pressurization in those tubes the folks fly in.” <—-This is the Anti Gunner's BS argument. Here's the Pro Gunner's reply, "So you are OK with Terrorist shooting holes in planes and killing thousands of innocents, but not stopping terror in it's tracks by gun savvy folk who may pierce the skin of the plane? Check your hypocrisy at the door anti gun freak."

      You got this exactly correct WGP.

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