UPDATE: Five people killed in shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Airport
The Broward County Sherriff's Department is now confirming five people are dead in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Eight others are in hospital with various injuries.
The Mayor of Broward County confirms the shooter, a man, is now in custody.
The shooting happened at 12:55pm around the baggage claim area in Terminal 2.
Both Air Canada and Delta fly into and out of Terminal 2.
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An Air Canada spokesperson tells NEWSTALK 1010:
"Thankfully all our customers and employees are reported accounted for and safe. Passengers on our departing flights were safely evacuated on the tarmac and arriving flights 1602 from YUL and 1622 from YYZ are being held off gate for the time being.
We have implemented a rebooking policy for passengers travelling today or tomorrow."
Westjet tells NEWSTALK 1010 "We have heard reports that the suspect came off of a flight from Canada. WestJet can confirm that we have no record of the alleged suspect on the passenger manifests for any of our Fort Lauderdale-bound flights.
At the moment, four WestJet flights have been affected. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is still shut down at this time with no flights arriving or departing. We have cancelled two flights (WS 1059 Fort Lauderdale Montreal FLL-YUL) and WS 1220 Toronto Fort Lauderdale YYZ-FLL and WS 1221 Fort Lauderdale Toronto FLL-YYZ. A third flight, WS 1630 Calgary Fort Lauderdale YYC-FLL is diverting to Montreal. The fourth flight, WS 1283 Fort Lauderdale Ottawa, is holding on the ground awaiting imminent departure to Ottawa. We are working on reaccomodation plans now for those guests affected.
We are implementing flexible change/cancel policy and any guests with questions are encouraged to contact us at 1-888-WestJet."
The Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C tells NEWSTALK 1010:
"The suspect did not fly from Canada and was not on a Canadian flight. We understand from officials he was on a flight originating in Anchorage, transiting through Minneapolis and landing in Ft. Lauderdale. There is no Canadian connection."