An Iraq war veteran opened fire at an airport in the U.S. state of Florida on Friday, killing at least five people, officials said.
Eight more were wounded in the shooting which happened in a crowded baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The 26-year-old attacker, identified as Esteban Santiago, was taken into custody. He was carrying U.S. military identification, according to a spokesman for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florda, who cited officials at the Transportation Security Administration.
He served from 2007 to 2016 in the Puerto Rico National Guard and Alaska National Guard and was deployed to Iraq from 2010 to 2011, according to U.S. Department of Defence.
The shooter arrived at the airport with a checked gun in his bag and upon claiming the luggage he went to the bathroom to load the gun, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarcca said. He came out firing and witnesses said he stopped only after running out of ammunition following which he surrendered to police.
The motive behind the act was not immediately clear. The shooter was sent to a mental hospital.
This is the latest in a series of mass shootings that have hit the U.S. in recent years.
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history happened last June, when a gunman inspired by Islamic State killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay night club in the same state of Florida.