The Shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport.

Headline News - UPDATED 4:45 p.m. PM EST

At approximately 2:25 EST a passenger from an arriving flight from Canada emerged from a bathroom at the baggage claim area of Terminal 2.  In his possession was a gun he had stowed in checked baggage.  He shot and killed five as well as wounding nine others.  He was taken into custody by Broward County Sheriffs shortly afterward.

Fort Lauderdale airport is presently shut-down and passengers are being screened at various locations.  Aircraft awaiting news on when the airport will reopen are being directed by the tower to contact a phone number but not given direction on if or when they can depart.  Arrivals are being diverted back to their points of origination in some cases or to nearby airports.

Departures of ships from Port Miami and Port Everglades were delayed.  The Caribbean Princess and Nieuw Amsterdam were in-port at Port Everglades.  The Enchantment of the Seas, Carnival Victory, Norwiegan Sky, MSC Divina, Navigator of the Seas and Insignia are docked at Port Miami.  Enhanced security is in effect at both ports.

A hotline for information about Friends & Family at #FLL is available: 866-435-9355 or 954-831-4000. For additional information: http://bit.ly/2hYJgey  As of 8:45, passengers with personal automobiles were being allowed to leave the airport, passengers without were being bussed to Terminal 4 for pickup.  As of Saturday evening Terminal 2 remained closed to operations but passengers were being channeled through other terminals.  Anybody attempting to fly into our out of the airport was encouraged to arrive early and call ahead to their airlines.  

Near 10 p.m. the Caribbean Princess and Nieuw Amsterdam began their departures.  

The assaluant was a U.S. Army veteran whose family says was suffering from mental issues before the incident

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