The Orlando International Airport incident: the Shooter in custody, ” everyone is safe,’ cops say

The authorities have responded late Tuesday to a report of an armed man in one of the parking garages at Orlando International Airport that turned into a 2-hour stand-off before the suspect was taken into custody.

UPDATE: Shooter is in custody. Everyone is safe. Will brief as soon as possible in the media staging area.

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) 31-May-2017

Police officers communicated with the man at a car rental location within Level 1, Airside A, according to FOX 35 Orlando.

“Shooter in custody. Everyone is safe,” the Orlando Police tweeted.

The airport tweeted that the area was beautiful and there was minimal impact to operations. The passengers, however, were not allowed in the garage area.

Incident ongoing where the man w/ weapon in the terminal – Level 1-A-side, rental car area. The police on the scene, area included. Min impact to ops.

— Orlando Intl Airport (@MCO) 31-May-2017

Glorializ Col≤n Plaza, 20, told the Orlando Sentinel she was just to the work of Virgin Atlantic airlines when she saw that everyone was hiding. She stepped out of the elevator and saw the man on the ground near the rental car area. He was screaming, and the police had surrounded him.

“I couldn’t make out the words, but he yelled very loudly,” she said. “Everyone is telling me just before this happened a man said to everyone: `You are going to need mental therapy after this,” he pulled out a gun and everyone ran.”

Plaza said she heard no shots or see anyone injured.

“I saw the police with long rifles, and started shaking,” she said. “It seemed not real.”

Orlando Police said the impact on the business operations at the airport were minimal; however, the traffic on the street with the ground at the airport was backed up significantly.

Be aware of the traffic around current events, if the trip to MCO. Inputs open but hidden. Contact the airline for the latest flight.

— Orlando Intl Airport (@MCO) 31-May-2017

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol advised commuters to expect delays and remain in their vehicles.

Earlier this year, authorities of an Alaska man killed five people in a baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Read more from FOX 35 Orlando.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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