Consultant to look at how Florida airport handled shooting
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Officials in Florida are hiring a consultant to assess how well authorities handled the aftermath of a shooting in the baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The SunSentinel reports Broward County officials are in negotiations with St. Louis-based Ross & Barruzini Inc. to look at a variety of issues, including general airport security, co-operation between agencies and assistance to passengers and their families. Five people died and six others were injured in the Jan. 6 attack.
The shooting was followed by panic by people in other terminals. There also were rumours of additional shooters that led to stampedes onto tarmacs.
Twenty-six-year-old Esteban Santiago of Anchorage, Alaska, was taken into custody after the shooting and is being held on a 22-count federal indictment charging. He could face the death penalty.
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