January 6, 2017 / 10:06 PM / a year ago

Canada says no Canadian connection to Fort Lauderdale shooting

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The man suspected of shooting dead five people in Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday did not fly from Canada and was not on a Canadian flight, said a spokeswoman for the Canadian embassy in Washington.

A man is helped after a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, January 6, 2017. Courtesy Mike Starobinsky/Maxwillsolutions/Handout via REUTERS

“There is no Canadian connection,” said Christine Constantin. Citing U.S. officials, she said the suspect had flown from Anchorage, Alaska to Fort Lauderdale via Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A Florida law enforcement official earlier said the shooter had been on a Canadian flight.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by James Dalgleish

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