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Multiple People Dead in Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

Travelers are evacuated out of the terminal and onto the tarmac after a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday.

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Update, 5:15 p.m.: Authorities have confirmed earlier reports that five people were killed in Friday’s attack. The gunman, who is believed to have acted alone, apparently arrived at the airport on an inbound flight and retrieved a weapon from his checked baggage before opening fire. His motive is unclear.

Original post, 3:05 p.m.: Multiple outlets are reporting that several people have been killed in a mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. According to ABC, at least five people are dead:

A suspect is in custody, a senior federal official said.

The Broward County sheriff said there were multiple deaths and eight people were injured.

The airport said the incident was in the baggage claim area at Terminal 2, which was evacuated.

Many people have tweeted images of the airport’s evacuation.

President Obama has reportedly been briefed on the shooting.

This is a developing story. We will update this post as we learn more.