FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Thirteen people were shot Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport in Florida. Five of those victims died after a gunman opened fire in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area.
The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago. A county official says Santiago pulled a gun out of a checked bag, loaded it in a bathroom and started shooting.
"He was just as calm as can be. He just started shooting. He wasn't frantic," one witness told CBS.
"He was not screaming anything, not shouting anything," another witness said.
Santiago re-loaded the semi-automatic pistol twice.
"He was not targeting anyone. He was just shooting at random," witness Mark Lea said. "He was just picking off things like target practice."
Esteben, who was carrying a military ID, was a passenger on a flight that originated in Anchorage, Alaska.
His brother says Esteben had been receiving psychological treatment while living in Alaska. Bryan Santiago tells The Associated Press that his family got a call in recent months from Esteben Santiago's girlfriend alerting them to the situation.
Sheriff Scott Israel said authorities had not established a motive for the shooting and that it was too early to declare it a terrorist act.
Hours after the incident, the TSA tweeted there was still an active shooter situation at the airport. The Broward County Sheriff''s office tweeted there were unconfirmed reports of more shots fired.
People could be seen running from the airport and taking cover behind cars or anything they could find. Journalists were also moved away from the airport by police.
But it turned out to be a false alarm, according to the sheriff's office.
Early word on the shooting came from a tweet by Ari Fleischer, former White House spokesman for President George W. Bush. "I'm at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport," Fleischer tweets. "Shots have been fired. Everyone is running."
I'm at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Shots have been fired. Everyone is running.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 6, 2017
Fleischer later tweeted that all seemed calm but police weren't allowing people to leave the part of the airport where he is.
People were finally allowed to leave the airport six hours after the shooting. The airport is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday.
Santiago will face federal charges, officials said in a press conference Friday evening. He is due in court on Monday.