Florida shooting: US veteran kills five at Fort Lauderdale Airport
Orient Net - Agencies 2017-01-07 09:54:00
A United States Army veteran shot dead five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday.
Eight other people were injured by gunfire and dozens were taken to hospitals with bruises and broken bones caused by the chaos after the shooting.
The shooter was identified as Esteban Santiago, a 26-year old who served in U.S. military with the Puerto Rico National Guard and Alaska National Guard from 2007 to 2016. During his service he was deployed to Iraq from 2010 to 2011, according to the Pentagon.
Santiago arrived at the airport before 1:00 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) on a flight from Alsaska with a checked gun in his bag. He claimed his checked luggage and went to the bathroom where he loaded his gun and came out shooting indiscriminately.
The shooter was taken into custody immediately. Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters that Santiago was unharmed during the arrest. He added that it was too early to assign a motive. George Piro, the special agent in charge of the Miami division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said investigators did rule out terrorism as a motive.