Travelers evacuated from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Travelers evacuated from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International AirportReuters

At least five people were killed and eight were wounded in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday afternoon (local time).

The shooter is in custody and the motive is unknown at this time.

The gunman was identified by senior Florida Sen. Bill Nelson as Esteban Santiago and that he was carrying a military identification.

Santiago is a 26-year-old from New Jersey, a law enforcement source told Fox News. Nelson said Santiago's name was found on his military ID.

The Israeli Consulate in Miami and the Israeli Foreign Ministry are checking to see whether there were any Israelis at the airport at the time of the shooting.

The airport tweeted that the incident took place at the Terminal 2 baggage claim area. The shooting took place at around 1:00 p.m. EST.

The Broward County Sheriff confirmed there are "multiple people dead" in the incident, but would not specify the exact number.

Hundreds of passengers and airport workers could be seen gathering and evacuating via the tarmac.

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer — who was at the airport at the time — tweeted about the shooting.

“I'm at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running,” he wrote in one tweet before tweeting again, “All seems calm now but the police aren't letting anyone out of the airport - at least not the area where I am.”

Over 73,000 travelers pass through the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport each day.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)