5 Dead, 8 Hurt at Fort Lauderdale, FL Airport
Five people were shot dead and eight wounded in a baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, and law enforcement sources tell CNN the suspect, identified as Esteban Santiago, had brought the firearm in his checked luggage.
Federal law enforcement officials said they were investigating whether the gunman who opened fire at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, on Friday, killing five people and wounding eight, was mentally disturbed and heard voices in his head telling him to commit acts of violence.
Officials said it was too early to tell whether Mr. Santiago, who was captured in the airport, had been inspired by terrorist groups, including the Islamic State. The officials said he had viewed extremism materials on the internet.
On Twitter, President-elect Donald J. Trump said that he was “monitoring the terrible situation in Florida” and that he had spoken to Gov. Rick Scott.
Mr. Santiago’s brother, Bryan Santiago, told The Associated Press that Esteban was born in New Jersey and moved to Puerto Rico when he was 2 years old. He also told the A.P. that his brother had been receiving psychological treatment in Alaska, but he did not know exactly what for.
One passenger, Mark Lea, told USATODAY the man was “just randomly shooting people” without saying a word to anyone. After emptying about three magazines of bullets, the shooter then got down on the ground, spread-eagled and waited for police to arrive.