Gunman kills five, wounds 8 during Ft. Lauderdale airport | Reuters

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By Zachary Fagenson

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A gunman believed to be an Iraq fight maestro non-stop glow during a container carousel during Fort Lauderdale’s general airfield on Friday, murdering 5 people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.Five people died and 8 were wounded, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters during a airport, where atmosphere trade was close down.The gunman had arrived on a moody with a checked gun in his bag, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca pronounced on Twitter. The shooter claimed his bag and went to a lavatory to bucket a gun before opening out and firing, LaMarca said.Cellphone video posted on amicable media showed victims on a building subsequent to a carousel, with people on their knees attempting to yield aid. At slightest dual victims had pools of blood from apparent conduct wounds.The shooter was unscathed as law coercion officers never dismissed a shot, Israel said, adding it was too early to allot a motive.”At this point, it looks like he acted alone,” Israel said.Nonetheless, he pronounced “this stage is deliberate liquid and active” as troops searched a airport.The shooter was identified as Esteban Santiago, 26, and had a U.S. troops identification, according to a orator for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, who spoke with officials during a Transportation Security Administration.A 26-year-old by a name of Esteban Santiago was justly liberated from a Army National Guard final year and served in Iraq, a U.S. central said, vocalization on condition of anonymity.

The shooter, who wore a “Star Wars” T-shirt, pronounced zero as he fired, witnesses told MSNBC. He seemed to use a 9 mm handgun, that he tossed aside on using out of ammunition, surrendering to police, MSNBC reported.The conflict was a latest in a array of mass shootings that have tormented a United States in new years, some desirous by militants with an impassioned perspective of Islam, others carried out by loners or a mentally uneasy who have easy opening to weapons underneath U.S. gun laws.About 90 mins after a attack, panic pennyless out anew with passengers and troops using frantically about during a apart terminal, though Israel pronounced there were no other reports of shots being fired.John Schlicher, who told MSNBC he saw a attack, described a shooter as a slim male who was “directly banishment during us” while passengers waited for their bags.”I put my conduct down and prayed,” Schlicher said, adding that his mother gave initial assist to someone who had been shot in a head. His mother-in-law used her sweater to tend to another plant though it incited out that chairman was already dead, he said.

Mark Lea, another eyewitness, told MSNBC “there was no rhyme or reason to it.””He didn’t contend anything, he was still a whole time, he didn’t scream anything,” Lea said.Security officials corralled dozens of passengers in several groups.Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a second largest in South Florida, portion as an intercontinental gateway, with Miami International Airport famous as a primary airfield for general flights in a area.

Nearly dual months ago a former Southwest Airlines workman killed an worker of a association during Oklahoma City’s airfield in what troops called a intentional act.The deadliest mass sharpened in complicated U.S. story took place final June, when a gunman apparently desirous by Islamic State killed 49 people and bleeding 53 during a happy nightclub in Orlando, Florida.One of a many intolerable was in 2012, when a male entered an facile propagandize in Newtown, Connecticut, and shot passed 20 first-graders and 6 adults.Attackers have exploited confidence officials’ concentration on preventing attacks on airplanes rather than inside airports. In Western Europe and a United States, terminals are simply permitted open spaces. But during Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, widely seen as a indication for security, private companies lerned by a inhabitant confidence group use bomb-detectors, form passengers and doubt travellers underneath a watch of troops during a airport’s entrance. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins, Letitia Stein, Jeffrey Dastin, Joseph Ax, Jonathan Allen, Gina Cherelus and Laila Kearney; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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First Published On : Jan 7, 2017 03:52 IST