ESTEBAN SANTIAGO, FT. LAUDERDALE SHOOTER AND IRAQ VETERAN WHO KILLED 5 PEOPLE, HAD A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND
- He reportedly had a history of mental health problems and family say he returned from Iraq acting strangely
- Sources say he walked into an FBI office in Alaska last year claiming he was being forced to fight for ISIS
( Daily Mail ) Five people are dead and at least eight people injured after a shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida.
The incident happened around 1pm at the lower level baggage claim area of Terminal 2.
The gunman – wearing a Star Wars T-shirt – was taken into custody and has since been identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago.
Santiago flew into the airport from Anchorage, Alaska (with a layover in Minneapolis, St. Paul) on Delta flight 2182, and checked a gun for the flight.
After claiming his bag, he loaded the gun in a bathroom and then opened fire in the baggage claim area, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said.
NBC News reports that Santiago had a history of mental problems, but had reportedly been getting treatment.
Sources have told CBS news that Santiago walked into an FBI office in Anchorage in November last year claiming he was being forced to fight for ISIS.
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