[UPDATED 1/6/2017 2:00 PM Central]
NBC is reporting that within the last few minutes there has been a shooting incident at the Ft. Lauderdale airport (KFLL) baggage claim area. The latest information from CNN indicates that five people are reported dead and eight have been transported to local hospitals. The suspected shooter is reportedly injured but alive and currently in custody.
Security at airports around the world has been heightened in recent months following attacks on airports in Brussels and earlier in Los Angeles. All of the attacks have happened outside the “secure area” of the airport where TSA screening takes place. This latest report is consistent with that pattern, happening in the baggage claim area of the airport which is located after passengers leave the secure area and where members of the public can enter without prior screening.
According to FloridaCarry.org concealed carry is not permitted in the terminal area of Florida airports, making them a gun free zone.
More information as it becomes available.