+++ INCIDENT STILL FLUID AND ACTIVE +++
+++ AIRPORT REMAINS CLOSED SUBLECT TO 'SWAT' TEAMS GIVING AN ALL CLEAR +++
+++ UNCONFIRMED REPORTS SAY THAT ADDITIONAL SHOTS FIRED, AFTER A SUSPECT HAD BEEN DISARMED AND ARRESTED, SUGGESTING THAT MORE THAN ONE SHOOTER. THIS HAS NOW BEEN POSITIVELY DENIED DURING A NEWS CONFRENCE -LOCAL MEDIA SUGGESTS DETAINED PERSON IS MALE 'WITH MILITARY TRAINING' AGE 26, BORN IN New Jersey INVOLVED. MEANWHILE A FURTHER INCIDENT INVOLVING ARMED POLICE IS ONGOING.....
Julian Bray Aviation security expert writes: Officials have now confirmed that 5 people have been gunned down and eight others injured, after a lone gunman opened fire inside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday afternoon.
The former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was in the airport and on her 'Twitter feed wrote: “shots have been fired” and “everyone is running.”
Police sources, initially caused both NBC and CNN reporting nine people shot, including one fatality, as a direct result of the shooting inside the Terminal 2 baggage claim.
Earlier Broward County Sheriff’s office confirmed on social media there were “multiple people dead” and “one subject in custody.”
Speaking to NBC News, a Minneapolis air passenger Mark Leer said he was in the baggage claim when 'a man came in and started shooting.'
“At first we thought it was firecrackers,”
Mr Lea commented, “Everyone started screaming and running. The shooter made his way down through baggage claim. He had what looked like a 9mm and emptied his entire clip. People were trying to run.”
Several incoming flights, including some out of Canada, have been delayed or cancelled as a result of the incident.
TV news VT from the scene positions several police cars outside the airport, and at least 50 people waiting on the tarmac apron outside the Arrivals terminal.
Florida Governor Rick Scott confirmed (on social media) he 'was en route to the airport' to be briefed by officials.
Earlier last year Julian Bray Aviation security expert pointed out that Fort Lauderdale was not secure, he wrote:
The latest idea (is for London Heathrow) is to follow the Fort Lauderdale model of an elevated 'bridge' runway, but I cannot see this working, with respect Fort Lauderdale carries a tiny fraction of the West London traffic, that funnels through and around Heathrow, and with the current terrorist situation, any truck breaking down for whatever reason, underneath the runway section or the open road section, would see an immediate major alert triggered and West London grinding to a halt. Back to the drawing board.
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