A shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida has killed five people, according to local officials.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office said eight people were also injured in the shooting, and the suspected gunman has been taken into custody.

The city’s mayor has said that a lone gunman was responsible for the attack, and emergency services were called to the scene just before 1pm local time (6pm UK time).

Aerial footage from the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac as ambulances drove by, with one bleeding victim being treated by medics outside the terminal building.

On Twitter, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport said there was an ‘ongoing incident’ in the baggage claim area of terminal two.

All flights in and out of the airport have been temporarily suspended.

Other airports in the state say their services are running as normal but with an increased police presence, while the Port of Miami has introduced enhanced security measures ‘out of an abundance of caution’.

Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary, said he was at the airport and ‘everyone was running’ when shots were fired.

‘The police aren’t letting anyone out of the airport – at least not the area where I am,’ he tweeted.

Passengers who had already boarded their plane prior to take-off have been told to stay in their seats.

Jillian Saunders, who was due to fly to Los Angeles, told the Associated Press: ‘Everything you see on the news is happening outside my window. I am luckily on the plane and they said we are right now the safest people at the airport.’

More than 73,000 passengers use Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on a daily basis.

The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott is travelling to the scene so he can be briefed by law enforcement officials, and the FBI’s Miami office has said it is ‘aware of the situation’.

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A shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida has killed five people, according to local officials. Broward County Sheriff's Office said eight people were also injured in the shooting, and the suspected gunman has been taken into custody. The city's mayor has said that a lone gunman was responsible for the...