Fort Lauderdale airport unprepared for shooting, outside review finds
By Stephen Hobbs and Megan O’Matz
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Broward County released an outside review of the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
officials weren’t prepared to handle a mass crisis, clashed with law enforcement, and some workers simply didn’t know what to do in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 shooting that left five dead at Fort Lauderdale airport, according to a review by an outside consultant released Tuesday.
The 82-page report found that the Broward Sheriff’s Office overstepped its authority by taking control of duties that should have been left to airport officials. Also faulted: the airport’s “inadequate” plans to care for and efficiently evacuate passengers in an emergency.
The review is the latest to reaffirm a Sun Sentinel investigation published in April. The Sheriff’s Office in June released a draft evaluation of its own response, also echoing the Sun Sentinel’s findings.
Among the major findings released Tuesday: