Former Alaska Army National Guard Suspected at Florida Airport Shooting

Former Alaska Army National Guard Suspected at Florida Airport Shooting
Current atmosphere at Fort Lauderdale shooting incident (inzet: Esteban Santiago)
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FLORIDA - The man suspected of killing five people Friday at Fort Lauderdale's airport has been identified as Esteban Santiago, Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel said.

Suspect lived in Alaska and worked for a security company. He served in the Puerto Rico National Guard and the Alaska Army National Guard.

Here is what we know about the suspected shooter:
• Santiago flew into Florida on a flight from Alaska via Minnesota on a Delta flight, officials said. He had declared his handgun in a firearms carrying case, law enforcement sources told CNN.

• Upon arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, he picked up the carrying case at baggage claim, took out the gun and started firing, according to law enforcement sources.

• One source said Santiago went to the bathroom to get the gun out of the case and emerged shooting.

• Santiago likely acted alone, Israel said.

• The FBI is investigating every angle and has not ruled out terrorism, according to officials.

• Santiago is in federal custody and will likely appear Monday in court in Broward County, officials said.

• Santiago had purchased two handguns, a 9 mm Glock and a Glock 40 caliber. In the past, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation. It is unknown whether either of these pistols were used in Friday's attack.

• Santiago's criminal record in Alaska includes three minor offenses: having no proof of insurance in 2015; a tail light violation in 2015 and a criminal mischief charge, causing property damage of more than $50, in 2016.


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