Tweets From The Fort Lauderdale Shooting Scene Are Disturbing
According to the latest reports, a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale international airport on Friday afternoon has left five people dead and at least eight injured. The names of the victims are not known as of this writing. The shooting was reported around 1 p.m. ET, according to the Broward County Sheriff Department's Twitter account.
The shooting reportedly occurred in Terminal 2 of the airport, in the baggage claim area. One suspect is apparently in custody, according to the Sheriff's Department. John Schlicher, a passenger who said he witnessed the shooting as it began at the baggage claim carousel, told Fox News "People on either side of me were going down, so I dropped to the ground, my mother-in-law and my wife did. The firing just went on and on."
Florida Governor Rick Scott tweeted to confirm that he had arrived in Ft. Lauderdale and was "monitoring the shooting with law enforcement." Scott also indicated that he had discussed the matter with President-elect Donald Trump.
Below are some of the tweets that have been posted by users who claim to be at the scene of the alleged shooting, including Ari Fleischer, who served as White House press secretary under President George W. Bush.
Early Report of Shooting, Chaos
I'm at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 6, 2017
Fleischer tweeted his first reference to the attack shortly after the Sheriff's Department received their first report of a shooting.
Police Keeping People In Place
All seems calm now but the police aren't letting anyone out of the airport - at least not the area where I am.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 6, 2017
Fleischer then reported that the police on the scene were holding people in place.
Sheriff Department Press Conference
Recap sheriff Israel presser FLL: lone suspect taken into custody. Shots fired only terminal 2 baggage claim. 5 dead.— Amy Sherman (@AmySherman1) January 6, 2017
Amy Sherman is the Miami Herald's Politifact reporter. According to her report, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters on the scene that there was a single suspect, who has been taken into custody.
Airport Officials Urge People To Remain Calm
On loudspeaker at FLL: "everyone remain cAlm." Police stationed throughout garage. Maybe 100 or more walking on Tarmac.— Amy Sherman (@AmySherman1) January 6, 2017
Sherman also describes PA system announcements encouraging people to act calmly.
Passengers At Other Terminals Check In Online
I'm in the FT. LAUDERDALE Airport..checking in at the time. I'M SAFE. Next terminal. Say a Prayer for the ones lost...— Steven J Warren (@Steve_Warren96) January 6, 2017
Twitter user Steven Warren, who reports his hometown as Omaha, Nebraska, posted Friday to let his followers know he was safe.
Passengers Moved To Tarmac
It just broke out in my terminal...had to duck and get out. On the tar mac— Steven J Warren (@Steve_Warren96) January 6, 2017
After posting the above, Warren posted that he moved to the tarmac. (Regarding the first part of this tweet, Sheriff Israel confirmed in a press conference that there was a shooting in Terminal 2 only.)
Images Of People Waiting On Tarmac
Since NBC reporter Marissa Bagg posted this image, the number of deaths reported has increased to five.
Texts From Those On The Scene Are Chilling
My mom texting me that she is okay... just scared and confused. She is in Terminal 1 at Ft. Lauderdale airport. pic.twitter.com/ocMZ9dOtoq— Nigel Robertson (@thetopstoryWYFF) January 6, 2017
Nigel Robertson is a Greenville, South Carolina, reporter who was able to contact his mother, who is at Fort Lauderdale airport, after an initial delay.
Nearby Miami Airport Passenger Also Reports Fear
Ok... I'm at Miami airport right now (not Fort Lauderdale), people is scared here.— Juan Betancourt (@jclbetancourt) January 6, 2017
Model Juan Betancourt reports that passengers at an airport in Miami are frightened, too. Miami International Airport is a mere 30 miles away from Ft. Lauderdale Airport.