Gunman kills five at Florida’s Ft Lauderdale Airport
At least five people have been shot dead and eight others wounded in a shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in the US state of Florida. The gunman is believed to be an Iraq war veteran who has been taken into custody, The Washington Post reported.
Officials said he was a passenger who had checked in an unloaded gun and ammunition with his luggage, but then loaded it in the bathroom after landing and started shooting. Cellphone video posted on social media showed travelers kneeling and treating victims on the floor next to a carousel. At least two victims had pools of blood from apparent head wounds.
According to reports, Santiago served from 2007 to 2016 in the Puerto Rico National Guard and Alaska National Guard including a deployment to Iraq from 2010 to 2011, according to the Pentagon.
A military spokeswoman told the Associated Press Santiago received a general discharge from the Alaska army national guard last year, for unsatisfactory performance. He joined the guard in November 2014, she said, having served in the army reserves.
“The citizens of Florida will not tolerate senseless acts of evil. Whoever is responsible will held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” said Governor Rick Scott. President-elect Donald Trump also took to Twitter to convey his condolence. “Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!” he tweeted.