Congresswoman Val Demings released the following statement on Friday afternoon, following a shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport that killed five and injured 8 more.
“The thought of being shot and victimized while you’re innocently waiting on luggage at the airport, is one that is hard to comprehend and deeply troubling.” begins Demings “As we wait to learn more details about what led to this heinous act, we pray for the victims and their families, facing a horror that no family should ever have to.”
The story is developing but early reports involve a lone shooter, who removed a firearm from a bag before, loading the weapon in an airport bathroom and opening fire on travelers. The gunman is in custody with no motive reported. Officials have shut down the airport and Florida Governor Rick Scott has made it to the scene to be briefed.
Demings is a former Orlando Police Chief, her Husband is Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, who lead the department through the Pulse Nightclub shooting that took place here last June, killing 49 and wounding 53.
“We thank and commend the first responders and airport staff for their bravery in the face of danger.” concludes Demings.