Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect in custody –  Motive behind attack unknown?

The suspect behind the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting which left 5 people dead and many injured is in the police custody.

The shooter is said to be Esteban Santiago, a 26 year-old Iraq war veteran and was a security guard.

Esteban Santiago lives in Alaska, and that was site of his last military assignment. He was discharged in 2014 for unsatisfactory performance.

Santiago took the terminal 2 as his place of target as passengers were collecting their luggage and shot at passengers.

According to CNN NEWS, “In November, Santiago paid a visit to the FBI office in Anchorage, telling agents he was being directed by a US intelligence agency to fight for ISIS, law enforcement sources told CNN. George Piro, the FBI’s special agent in charge, told reporters that Santiago was turned over to local authorities and he voluntarily submitted to a mental health evaluation”.

“The military said Santiago’s nine years of service in the National Guard include one 10-month tour of Iraq, where he was awarded a combat action badge.”

The motive behind the Lauderdale airport shooting is yet unknown.

CNN Media said “ The FBI has not ruled out terrorism, Piro said, but Isreal cautioned that it was very early in the investigation and authorities did not know Santiago’s motive.”



BBC NEWS says “ Flying with firearms is legal in the US as long as the guns are kept in locked, hard-side container as checked baggage only, under rules of the Transport Security Administration (TSA). Ammunition is also allowed in checked luggage.”

Santiago, the Lauderdale airport shooting suspect is expected to face federal charges and make his first appearance in court on Monday as arranged.

How safe is our world and influence the mind of the attacker in different part of the world is still a question to pounder on.

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