It’s been reported that five people have been shot dead and 13 were injured by a shooter at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on January 6. The gunman is New Jersey native Esteban Santiago, and he was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. The 26-year-old was armed with a handgun and the shooting took place at the baggage claim inside Terminal 2. As of now, it appears that Santiago acted alone, and he’s since been apprehended by authorities.
It was originally believed that Santiago flew into the airport from Canada, but that’s been disputed by Air Canada. While people are unsure where Santiago came from, it’s been reported that he checked a handgun in his luggage and picked it up at the baggage claim at Terminal 2. He took the gun into a bathroom, loaded the weapon, and then returned to the baggage claim area to open fire.
Santiago lived in Anchorage, Alaska from 2014-2016. In January of 2016, he was charged with one count of fourth-degree assault and damage of property over $50. Both of these crimes are misdemeanors.
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