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Local, State and Federal Officials React to Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport Shooting

What to Know

  • 5 dead, 8 injured in shooting
  • Gunman identified as Esteban Santiago, 26
  • Full ground stop at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Int'l Airport

In the moments after a deadly shooting inside Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport Friday afternoon, state and local officials responded to the incident.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler issued a statement saying the city was working with Broward County and federal officials to help with the investigation and providing aid to those shot, while adding that the thoughts and prayers of the city are with those affected.

"We are committed to ensuring the safety of our visitors and neighbors, and we have taken all necessary precautions throughout the City, including increased security measures," Seiler said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is in route to Fort Lauderdale to be briefed on the situation, while U.S. Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that he was praying for the victims, as did President-elect Donald Trump.

U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart also issued a statement saying his thoughts are with the victims while also thanking the first responders at the scene - while Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who represets the district where the airport is located, said she was "saddened" by the shooting.

"Until we know more, it’s not prudent to speculate on what motivated this horrifying incident," Wasserman-Schultz wrote.

Airbnb has activated its Disaster Response Tool to help stranded travelers. Airbnb hosts are opening their homes free of charge until Tuesday.

Several members of the South Florida sports community - both playing on local teams or players from the area - tweeted their condolences and thoughts after the shooting.

The Florida Panthers held a moment of silence for the shooting victims before Friday's game against the Nashville Predators.

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