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FLORIDA: Five people have been declared dead while eight people suffered following a fatal shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday. While eight people suffered injuries in the shooting.

Reports said he shooter was in custody and a part of the airport was evacuated.

Earlier, reports said nine people were shot. Eight people were transported to a hospital, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

Investigators are still looking into the gunman’s motive.

White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer tweeted: “I’m at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running.”

In November 2016, nearly 2.5 million travelers passed through Fort Lauderdale’s airport.

Passenger advisory

Virgin America said: “We are aware of the armed incident at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) and are saddened by the events. Our thoughts are with our guests and teammates as well as the local community and authorities. The impact for travelers is not yet known, but travelers are encouraged to check their flight status before leaving for the airport and sign-up for Flight Alerts for the latest information.”

Southwest Airlines tweeted: “A ground stop is currently in effect at FLL until further notice. Our Hearts are with our FLL CoHearts and extended Family.”

United airlines said: “Our thoughts are with all affected at @FLLFlyer. We can confirm the incident didn’t occur in our terminal. Stand by for operation updates.”

JetBlue said: “Please be advised of a security incident at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) earlier today Friday, January 6, 2017. Local authorities are on-hand to ensure airport security and manage traffic in and out of the airport. JetBlue may be subject to traffic and airport operations disruptions. Be sure to check the status of your flight before traveling to the airport, and follow airport updates at https://twitter.com/FLLFlyer. We recognize that many of our customers may not wish to travel today. As such, we will waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling today, Friday January 6, 2017 to/from Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL). Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Tuesday, January 10, 2017.”

Delta CEO Ed Bastian extends condolences following reports of a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport in the baggage claim area in Terminal 2, where Delta operates.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Delta family are with the people of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, and those involved in the tragic events today,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “We’re grateful to the first responders on the scene who immediately went into action to evacuate our customers and employees. I also want to thank our employees in the operation in Fort Lauderdale and beyond who are working to re-accommodate our customers. The safety of our customers and employees is our deepest core value, and we are providing our complete support to authorities as the situation develops.”

The terminal was evacuated as a result of the shooting. Preliminary reports indicate that all Delta employees are safe and accounted for during what remains an ongoing active shooter incident at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. We are working with local law enforcement. Customers traveling to and from FLL today should expect flight disruptions and are encouraged to check flight status at Delta.com or via the Fly Delta Mobile App.

Due to the status of Terminal 2, Delta will be offering a waiver for customers to change their travel plans free of penalty, and will be published to the delta.com homepage soon.

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