A gunman who went on a shooting spree at the Fort Lauderdale Airport, killing five people and wounding about eight more was identified by the authorities as Esteban Santiago, 26, who was a former war veteran from the Iraq War.
Scott Israel, the Broward County Sheriff, announced that Santiago had been arrested, and that no shots had been fired neither from the authorities at the airport or from him as the arrest was about to take place.
The FBI is currently interviewing Santiago regarding his actions, and he has not been in any way physically harmed by the authorities upon being taken into custody.
Planned All the Way
Jesse Davis, the police chief from the airport of Anchorage, the airport in which Santiago had directly flown from, claims that the attacker had checked in his gun at the luggage, and Israel has stated that as of now the story is still too fresh and vague so as to determine whether or not the man’s actions are an act of terror or not.
He Warned the FBI
Israel made a rather peculiar statement however when he said that Santiago prior to the incident had allegedly paid a visit to the offices of the FBI situated in Anchorage in which he had warned them and spoke to them about the disturbing and rather unsettling thoughts that he had.
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, says that Santiago upon receiving his luggage at Fort Lauderdale went to the bathroom, prepared his 9mm pistol, and then came out and initiated his rampage upon any one at what it seems to be at random.
An investigation into the matter has yet to conclude as to why the ex-war veteran went about in conducting these actions.
The TSA guidelines state that although firearms are permitted to be checked in at the baggage section at the airport, they must be unloaded, and placed in a hard-walled container.