The DEVELOPMENT of – Five people are dead and a shooting suspect is in custody Friday after a lone gunman opened fire on the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida without a word to say, the witnesses and authorities say.
A shooting took place around 1 p.m. local time and the 8 people who were injured were transferred to hospitals, the Broward County Sheriff said. The mayor of the city said that there was only one shooter involved.
Confirmed: Shooting at Fort Lauderdale -Hollywood International Airport with multiple people dead. A subject in custody.
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) January 6, 2017
“It was very unreal,” John Schlicher, a witness told Fox News. “He said not a word.”
Shot in Ft Lauderdale Airport, suspect reportedly in custody pic.twitter.com/o0zVdI91Um
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 6, 2017
The whole incident lasted about 5 minutes — but it goes at 2:20 p.m. local time, was re-erupted, Schlicher said.
While speaking to Shepard Smith live on Fox News, Schlicher said he heard the crew ordered passengers to cover. He spoke on the phone while dived down on the floor.
I’m on the Foot. Lauderdale Airport. Photos are fired. Everyone is running.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 6, 2017
Schlicher described the gunman as a slender man with dark hair, probably in his 30s, wearing a Star Wars T-shirt.
“He was photographing the people that are down on the ground,” Schlicher said, if we talk about the earlier incident.
The airport had tweeted that there was an “ongoing incident” at the Terminal 2 baggage claim, and that all services are temporarily suspended.
Crews evacuated and hundreds of passengers from the terminal on the tarmac.
Ari Fleischer, former White House spokesman, was at the airport at the time of the earlier shooting and tweeted that “everybody runs.”
Jillian Saunders, of Palm Beach, Florida, told The Associated Press in the direct Twitter messages that they are looking at the activity of the tarmac in a plane scheduled to fly to Los Angeles.
“Everything you see on the news happening outside my window,” she said. “I’m happy on the plane and they said that we are now the safest people on the airport.”
The office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott has said state law enforcement have not confirmed a motive behind the shooting. Scott is traveling to the scene to be informed by the enforcement of the law.
The ATF is responding to the scene. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was the monitoring of the recording and getting regular updates-a part of the common practice, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News.
The airport is the 21st busiest in the United States and serves 21 different airlines. Almost 2.5 million people passed through the airport in November, according to a county government report.
Fox News’ Matt Dean, Catherine Herridge, Phil Keating and The Associated Press contributed to this report.