FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - CBS News is reporting that 5 people are dead and at least 8 people injured at Fort Lauderdale international airport and there are at least three confirmed fatalities.
CBS News reports Esteban Santiago has been known to federal authorizes for several months in Alaska.
Meanwhile, our Gray sister station in Alaska, KTUU, has confirmed that Esteban Santiago, 26, served in the Alaska National Guard until July of 2016.
That is according to Candis Olmstead, the Director of Public Affairs for Alaska National Guard who released the following information to KTUU:
"Esteban Santiago was formerly a member of the Alaska Army National Guard and left the organization in August 2016. He is no longer a member of our organization."
-Joined the Puerto Rico National Guard Dec. 14, 2007
-Deployed to Iraq with Puerto Rico National Guard April 23, 2010 to February 19, 2011
-Was in the Army Reserves prior to joining the Alaska Army National Guard Nov. 21, 2014
-Received a general discharge from the Alaska Army National Guard Aug. 16, 2016 for unsatisfactory performance
-He was a combat engineer (MOS: 21B10)
-When he was discharged, his military rank was E3 (Private First Class)
Olmstead said any information about possible disciplinary action involving Santiago would and could not be released.
The shooter is in custody and, according Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, the suspects name is Esteban Santiago.
A witness tells CBS News it happened in Terminal Two. He says he heard screams. He says he heard what may have been as many as a dozen shots fired.
On its official Twitter account, airport officials said there was an "ongoing incident" in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area. They did not elaborate.
Miami area television stations are reporting that at least nine people were shot and that the shooter is in custody.
News helicopters hovering over the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac early Friday afternoon as an ambulance drove by and numerous law enforcement officers rushed to the scene.
Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport when shots were fired and "everyone is running."
Calls to the Broward Sheriff's Office and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department were not immediately returned.