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Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport


Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting: 5 people dead and 8 injured

Friday, January 6, 2017, the Fort Lauderdale Airport was in terror after a shooting where the gunman killed 5 people and injured 8.

The shooter was on a flight originating in Anchorage, transiting through Minneapolis and landing in Fort Lauderdale and he had a checked gun in his luggage. After the shooter claimed his bag, he took out the gun, loaded it in a bathroom and came out firing.

The Federal Aviation Administration said flights within about 50 miles of Fort Lauderdale were allowed to land at the airport. Other airborne flights were being diverted to other airports, while flights scheduled to depart for Fort Lauderdale were being held on the ground at their airports of origin.

Esteban Santiago (26 years old), the prime suspect, is now held in the federal custody in Florida. The military said Santiago's nine years of service in the National Guard included one 10-month tour of Iraq, where he was awarded a combat action badge. When he returned, Santiago was a changed man.

His mind was not right. He seemed normal at times, but other times he seemed lost. He changed. He talked about all the destruction and the killing of children. He had visions all the time, said his aunt Maria Ruiz Rivera for CNN.
We still don't have a certain motive for the shooting and the FBI has not ruled out the terrorism. George Piro, the FBI's special agent in charge in Miami said that they will continue to look at all avenues and motives. Santiago was cooperating with investigators, who had interviewed him for several hours. The interview concluded early Saturday.

Gov. Rick Scott said Florida residents won't tolerate "senseless acts of evil" and vowed to hold the shooter responsible to the fullest extent of the law.

A hotline was established for friends and family of travelers to and from Fort Lauderdale. Anyone seeking information was asked to call 866-435-9355.
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