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Fort Lauderdale airport remains closed following deadly shooting

People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooter opened fire inside the terminal, killing several people and wounding others before being taken into custody, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooter opened fire inside the terminal, killing several people and wounding others before being taken into custody, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) AP

Following the deadly shooting this afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, federal officials have issued a ground stop at the airport.

No flights are currently departing or arriving at the airport and passengers with flights scheduled to Fort Lauderdale should check with their airlines about their flights.

The shooting occurred at the baggage claim area for Delta Air Lines with thirteen people shot and five killed. The Atlanta-based carrier issued a statement saying that all of its employees are safe and accounted for.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Delta family are with the people of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, and those involved in the tragic events today,” said Delta chief executive Ed Bastian. “We’re grateful to the first responders on the scene who immediately went into action to evacuate our customers and employees. I also want to thank our employees in the operation in Fort Lauderdale and beyond who are working to re-accommodate our customers. The safety of our customers and employees is our deepest core value, and we are providing our complete support to authorities as the situation develops.”

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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