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Five killed, 8 injured in shooting at Florida airport

At least five people have been shot dead and eight others wounded in a shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Florida.

Earlier, Broward County Sheriff’s office tweeted “multiple people” had died in the shooting and one person was in custody.

“Confirmed: Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with multiple people dead. One subject in custody,” the Broward County Sheriff’s office tweeted.

Later it tweeted, “Update: 5 ppl dead; 8 injured were taken to an area hospital.”

The shooter appeared to be a man in his 20s wearing a Star Wars T-shirt who was shot by police as he attempted to reload, MSNBC reported, citing witnesses.

The shooting took place at the Terminal 2 baggage claim, said a post on the airport’s Twitter account.

Ari Fleischer, a former press secretary for United States President George W Bush, said on Twitter shots were fired and “everyone is running.”

“All seems calm now but the police aren’t letting anyone out of the airport – at least not the area where I am,” he said.

The Florida attack was the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years, some inspired by militants with an extreme view of Islam, others who are loners or mentally disturbed who have easy access to weapons under US gun laws.

IMAGE: Travelers evacuated out of the terminal and onto the tarmac after airport shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. Photograph: Zachary Fagenson/Reuters

Source: Rediff