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Summary

  1. Five people dead and eight injured after a gunman opens fire at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida
  2. A man, reportedly 26 years old, is in custody after the attack at the Terminal 2 baggage claim area
  3. Witnesses said the attacker said nothing as he opened fire, apparently at random, by luggage carousels
  4. President Obama has been briefed, and President-elect Trump said he was monitoring the situation

Live Reporting

By Tom Geoghegan and Jude Sheerin

All times stated are UK

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We're halting our live coverage of the situation in Florida for the moment.

But our online team will bring you the latest on the Fort Lauderdale shooting in our main story on the topic.

To recap:

  • Five people have been shot dead by a gunman at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida
  • It happened at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2, just before 1300 local time (1800 GMT)
  • One suspect was taken into custody, unharmed
  • Some reports suggest the shooter may have had a firearm in his checked baggage from a flight  
  • Eight people were injured, five of which were taken to hospital. All five are described as stable

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Health officials say all injured are stable

Local health officials said that of the five people taken to hospital, only two required surgery, and all are in a stable condition.

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Suspect discharged from Alaska guard in August

The Alaska Army National Guard has confirmed that the suspect received a general discharge in August 2016 for unsatisfactory performance.

He joined the Guard in November 2014, Lt Col Candis Olmstead told the Associated Press.

First photos of suspect published

American news outlets have started publishing photos of the man they say is suspect Esteban Santiago, 26.

But police have yet to release any official images, or confirm openly that the photographs in circulation match the suspect in custody.

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Suspect 'received psychological treatment'

The suspect, Esteban Santiago, had been receiving psychological treatment while living in Alaska, the Associated Press reports.

The news agency said it had spoken to the suspect's brother, Bryan Santiago, who told them the family had been alerted to his treatment by Esteban's girlfriend.

It is not known what he was being treated for.

Esteban Santiago was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Puerto Rico, his brother told AP.

Separately, Associated Press quoted a spokesperson for the Puerto Rico National Guard as saying Esteban had been deployed to Iraq for a year.

Governor: My heart goes out

Joined by law enforcement officials, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott, center, speaks during a news conference at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Miami Regional Operations Center, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Miami.
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Governor Rick Scott (file photo)

Governor Rick Scott said "whoever is responsible will be held accountable to the full extent of the law".

"My heart goes out to every family impacted," he said, adding that all law enforcement agencies were working together. 

He also confirmed that he had spoken to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, but had not contacted President Barack Obama.

He cited his "personal relationship" with the incoming administration when asked why he had not contacted the sitting president. 

Florida Senate considers airport gun restriction

Coincidentally, the Florida senate is currently considering bill 140 - which aims to expand areas where legal owners of firearms can carry their weapons.

Among the measures in the current draft is removing the restriction on legal carrying of firearms in airport passenger terminals, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.

Text of Florida Senate Bill 140
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Suspect has no connection to Canada - embassy

The Canadian embassy has confirmed that the named suspect, Esteban Santiago, has no apparent connection to the country and did not fly from Canada.

That supports Air Canada's previous statement that no passenger by that name flew on their service.

Bomb squad detonates 'suspicious package'

Passengers still at the airport are warned not to panic if they hear an explosion - authorities are planning the controlled detonation of a package.

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Air Canada: No record of suspect or gun

There were reports that the suspect, who has been unofficially named as Esteban Santiago, had just arrived on an Air Canada flight and took his gun out of checked luggage.

But Air Canada issued a statement: "We can confirm that we have no record of such a passenger by that name, or checked guns, on any of our flights to Fort Lauderdale."

It also said none of its staff or passengers had been injured in the incident.

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Passengers hid in back rooms

DC-based journalist Brody Logan, who earlier tweeted about his family members at the airport, posted photos he says were from a staff room where they took shelter.

His family are now safe, he said.

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Video shows panic

This unverified video posted by Fox News shows how people ran in all directions on to the Fort Lauderdale airport tarmac, including what looks from the footage like a runway.

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Suspect 'honorably discharged'

Army National Guard tells ABC News alleged perpetrator Esteban Santiago was honorably discharged about four months ago.

'Loading in bathroom'

Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca says on Facebook the gunman arrived on a flight from Canada with a checked gun in his bag. 

Mr LaMarca said the suspect claimed his bag and went to the bathroom to load the gun before coming out and firing.

Senior officials have told ABC News the suspect flew from Anchorage to Minneapolis, and finally to Fort Lauderdale.

Hands up and taking cover

More pictures from the scene...

Police question people who are evacuating from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
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Police question people evacuating from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
People evacuating from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
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People with hands up at the airport
People take cover
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People take cover at the airport

Pandemonium on the tarmac

Witnesses reported that panicking ensued as the gunfire rang out.

People scattered, running outside on to the tarmac with little direction from the authorities or any sign of safety/emergency protocols.

People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
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People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
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People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
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Police at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
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People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
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Gun in checked luggage?

Sheriff Israel is asked about an unverified report that the attacker was a passenger on an Air Canada flight and took his gun from checked luggage, before going into the bathroom to load it and open fire. Sheriff says he will not comment because the investigation is ongoing.

No second shooter

Sheriff Scott Israel says reports of a second gunman at the airport were unfounded.

"At this point, it looks like he acted alone," he said. "There is no active second shooter."  

The sheriff says it is too early to say either way whether this is terrorism.

BreakingShooter unharmed

Sheriff Scott Israel says the gunman opened fire at 1pm local time, shooting at least 13 people, five fatally.

The suspect is in custody, unharmed, and is being interviewed by police.

Sheriff Israel says the scene is considered "fluid and active".

Flight chaos as planes turn around

Flight path tracker FlightRadar24 tweets the paths of several planes due at Fort Lauderdale.

Some have diverted, while others have done a complete turnabout, heading back to their origin.

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Police swarm garage

WSVN 7 News has tweeted this video of police combing through an underground car park at the airport, amid unconfirmed reports of a second shooter.

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'It looked like a warzone', eyewitness says

Witness Erik Whiteside tells CNN he had just got off the plane with his wife and two children, aged two and three, and were heading for the baggage area in Terminal 2 when gunfire erupted. 

"Everybody started running; I grabbed our kids and took off running down the ramp.

"We took off down the tarmac and hid behind some luggage carts."

He said they were later allowed back into the terminal, which serves Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.

"It looked like a warzone, suitcases everywhere, food on the floor, hats on the ground, it was just a really surreal experience." 

"It's definitely a stressful situation," he added.

Situation 'may not be resolved' - local reporter

Derek Shore, a reporter for WPLG Local 10, tweets video showing more emergency vehicles arriving, amid speculation of an ongoing situation.

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Another man detained

WSVN 7 have posted video of another person, a balding man, being detained at the airport, though it's unclear why he was handcuffed and led away by police.

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More gunfire reported

The sheriff confirms unverified reports of further gunfire at the airport.

According to a Fox News reporter, people ran from "a second shooter" before being ushered to safety.

But it is not yet clear if there actually is a second gunman.

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'Active shooter', TSA tweets

Unconfirmed reports of more shots fired at Fort Lauderdale airport. The Transportation Security Administration tweets this...

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Live footage from airport

A Fox affiliate broadcast footage live from the scene, showing people move across the tarmac at the airport, and armed forces patrolling the area.

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Senator names gunman

Speaking to MSNBC and CNN, Florida Senator Bill Nelson named the gunman as Esteban Santiago, and said he had a handgun and a military ID. The senator said he was told this information by Transportation Security Administration officials.

"We don't know a motive at this point," Nelson said. 

"This could well be someone who is mentally deranged, or in fact it could be someone who had a much more sinister motive that we have to worry about every day, and that is terrorism. We can't conclude that."

'Star Wars T-shirt'

Citing unnamed witnesses, MSNBC reports the gunman appeared to be a man in his 20s, wearing a Star Wars T-shirt. 

Onlookers said he was shot by police as he tried to reload.

Miami airport boosts security

Trump: Stay safe!

BreakingSheriff's update - five dead

Suspect arrested

Photos of the injured

A shooting victim is unloaded from an ambulance and taken into Broward Health Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale.

A shooting victim is unloaded from an emergency vehicle and taken into Broward Health Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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A shooting victim is unloaded from an emergency vehicle and taken into Broward Health Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Video shows chaos

This unverified video from WSVN 7 News purportedly shows the aftermath of the attack inside the terminal building at Fort Lauderdale airport.

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Terror at Terminal 2

Witnesses say gunfire rang out in the baggage area of Terminal 2, with one onlooker telling MSNBC the attacker appeared to be randomly targeting people. There is no indication that the gunman breached the security-screening area of the terminal.

BreakingDeath toll

NBC Miami is reporting four dead.

CNN says five people are dead, quoting local police officials.

Eight people are injured, the sheriff's office says.

Governor heads to scene

Florida Governor Rick Scott says he is rushing to Fort Lauderdale airport to be briefed on the shooting there.