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Five Dead; Nine Injured in Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting

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A lone gunman has been taken into custody at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Florida, Airport after firing multiple shots killing five and injuring nine. Real time tweets from former Presidential Press Secretary Ari Fleischer provided actual, real time, credible information.

Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for President George Bush, spoke with reporters on what he saw and transpired at Delta Terminal 2 at Baggage Claim that left five dead, and nine injured and an already stunned world wondering what can be done to stop the epidemic of gun violence.

Fleischer, who handled the White House Press Corp during the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack, explained to The Daily Beast reporter, Adam Weinstein, who drove to the airport from his home in Florida, after Fleischer sent out his first of a series of tweets alerting the media and the world of the shooting as it was happening.

Trading the story for an impossible to find ride to a meeting the former Press Secretary was already late in arriving, Fleischer said simply, "I had just stepped off my flight from New York and was going to head down the escalator to the baggage claim, but had to make a pit stop," he said. "Thank God I had to make a pit stop."

He said, he and several others were in the men's room above the Baggage Claim area and suddenly the sound was unmistakable, the continuous sound of a strong of firecrackers, "Pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop," he said.

And produce the same reverberation worldwide; fired in a nightclub or a school or an airport terminal bullets all sound the same.

For more of Air Fleischer's first person account of the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport shooting.

The shooter, taken into custody and later identified as Esteban Santiago, carried the weapon in a checked bag which arrived on time in baggage claims.

A former Iraq War Veteran, Santiago, who's primary residence is in Anchorage, Alaska, was born in Puerto Rico and had a Military ID on his person.

No further information has been released.

This is a developing story.

 

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