Published: Wed, January 11, 2017
Health | By Constance Griffith

Esteban Santiago Identified as Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter

Esteban Santiago Identified as Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter

Suspect Esteban Santiago, 26, remains in custody and has been questioned.

"He wasn't the same after he came from Iraq and after his father", Michelle Quinones said in an interview the media outlet.

But then, Dean recalls, an older man suddenly shielded her body with his body and said, "I will protect you".

Their meeting comes as local and federal authorities think they know who leaked security video of the shooting to gossip website TMZ.

Several days after canceling the flight to NY, he bought a one-way ticket to Fort Lauderdale for $278.

Santiago is charged with three counts: committing an act of violence at an airport with the intent of causing serious bodily harm, deadly use of a firearm, and using a firearm to commit a violent crime.

Sharief said it was possible the video was shot unnoticed because it was playing on several airport security monitors when officials were reviewing the footage. When the gunman opened fire, many people rushed out on to the tarmac.

An aunt said Santiago returned from his deployment "a different person", MSNBC reported.

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Agents said he retrieved the box in baggage claim and loaded his weapon in a bathroom, before opening fire on fellow passengers, killing five and wounding six others. Witnesses told MSNBC television he only stopped after running out of ammunition, at which point he surrendered to police.

At a brief hearing in a heavily-guarded federal courtroom, Esteban Santiago told the judge he understood the charges against him. A spokesman for the Alaska National Guard confirmed that two soldiers Santiago served with had been killed during his tour of duty.

United States media reported that he had received a general discharge from the Alaska National Guard for unsatisfactory performance.

His brother said he had been receiving psychological treatment recently.

A White House spokesman said President Barack Obama had spoken to Scott and Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and had extended his condolences to the loved ones of the victims. In a tweet, President-elect Donald Trump sent his "thoughts and prayers".

Under TSA regulations, guns can be checked into baggage if they are stored in a locked, hard-sided container that cannot be easily accessed.

However, Air Canada said it has no record of any passenger with the name of the suspect nor of any checked guns on any of its flights to the city.

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