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Florida airport shooting: Suspect in custody  

7 January 2017, 11:15:01

International Desk: A lone gunman pulled a gun from his checked baggage and opened fire Friday at the Fort Lauderdale, international airport, killing five people and injuring eight others in a brief, bloody shooting rampage.

It happened at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2, just before 1300 local time (1800 GMT), the airport confirmed.

The gunman, believed to be an Iraq war veteran, was taken into custody.

The man in custody was identified by several officials as Esteban Santiago. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) publicly identified the shooter as Santiago after being told the name by the head of the Transportation Security Administration, according to Ryan Brown, a spokesman for the senator.

Santiago, 26, was carrying an Army ID, according to three federal law enforcement officials.

Hundreds of people were standing on the tarmac outside the terminal as dozens of police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene.

Witnesses said the attacker walked along the baggage carousals, shooting people as they tried to run or hide. They said he appeared to be in his 20s, was wearing a Star Wars T-shirt and did not say anything as he fired.

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