US Woman hiding in police car during airport shooting bitten by startled K-9

07:01  09 january  2017
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Gunman Opens Fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Killing 1

  Gunman Opens Fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Killing 1 <p>A gunman opened fire Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, shooting at least nine people and killing one, Broward County officials said.</p>A gunman was in custody, local law enforcement sources told NBC News. The Fort Lauderdale airport tweeted the incident occurred at a baggage claim inside Terminal 2.

— A woman who was running away from the chaos following the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was injured when she jumped into a police car with a K - 9 inside. Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, said the woman was seeking shelter Friday when she jumped into the car and was bitten by the startled dog. Concepcion didn't know if the woman was taken to a hospital for treatment, but said, "She was fine."

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Jan 8, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA; A Broward County Sheriff's Department patrol car is parked outside of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News via USA TODAY NETWORK © Dorothy Edwards, Naples Daily News-USA TODAY Spor Jan 8, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA; A Broward County Sheriff's Department patrol car is parked outside of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News via USA TODAY NETWORK

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A woman who was running away from the chaos following the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was injured when she jumped into a police car with a K-9 inside. 

Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, said the woman was seeking shelter Friday when she jumped into the car and was bitten by the startled dog. Concepcion didn't know if the woman was taken to a hospital for treatment, but said, "She was fine."

Sprawling airports difficult to defend from armed attack

  Sprawling airports difficult to defend from armed attack The deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale’s airport serves as a stark reminder of the challenges of providing security outside checkpoints at sprawling airports. Transportation Security Administration officers scrutinize passengers before they board planes, but those officers are unarmed and located inside the airport beyond airline check-in desks. Armed local police routinely patrol public areas of airports, but sparsely compared to TSA staffing. Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security, has moved to limit airport terminal entrances and have more uniformed patrols of public areas in airports, such as arrivals and baggage claim. But the lack of security at terminal doors is a vulnerability that officials have long acknowledged, but that is difficult to remedy because of the prohibitive cost of staffing every entrance. Evidence of the challenge came in the June bombing of Istanbul’s airport, when three men detonated explosives on luggage carts as two approached a security checkpoint, while a third remained outside. The attack, which killed 45 people, was linked to the Islamic State. Security experts said the death toll could have been higher if the airport hadn't posted armed guards at the terminal doors. That move came after March bombings at Brussels airport and a nearby subway station killed 32 people. In November 2013 at Los Angeles airport, a gunman killed a TSA officer and wounded several passengers.

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"It was minor," Concepcion said. 

The shooting at the airport, which killed five and injured dozens more just before 1 p.m. on Friday, took place inside the baggage claim area of Terminal 2. But shortly afterward, panic erupted inside Terminal 1, about 100 yards away, prompting officials to evacuate that terminal as well and shut down the entire airport for the rest of the day.

Concepcion said the dog incident did not lead to the evacuation of Terminal 1. 

"That was done because of the reports of gunshots," she said.

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Airport shooting suspect back in court for bail hearing .
The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at a Florida airport is due back in federal court.A hearing is set for Tuesday morning in Fort Lauderdale on whether 26-year-old Esteban Santiago could be released on bail. Prosecutors have said they want Santiago held in custody until trial.Santiago could get the death penalty if convicted of federal airport violence and firearms charges that resulted in death. He's accused of a Jan. 6 shooting rampage at a Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport baggage claim area.

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