Fort Lauderdale airport Shooter Details Age ABout Biography Motive Name Family
Fort Lauderdale airport Shooting Details
A mass shooting occurred at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, Florida, United States, on January 6, 2017, near the baggage claim in Terminal 2. Five people were killed while six others were injured in the shooting. About 36 people sustained injuries in the ensuing panic. A suspect, Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, was taken into custody after surrendering to responding police officers.
Fort Lauderdale airport Shooter Details Age Profession Motive Family
Name : Esteban Santiago-Ruiz (born March 16, 1990)
Age: 26-year-old resident of Alaska
Profesion: military veteran
Because the attack took place at an airport, it falls under federal criminal jurisdiction. Santiago-Ruiz was put in federal custody after the incident. Santiago flew from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage on a Delta flight, connecting through Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. Investigators say that he checked a declared 9mm pistol in his baggage before retrieving it in Fort Lauderdale and loading the gun in an airport bathroom just before the attack.According to law enforcement officials, he had purchased Glock 9mm and .40 caliber pistols in the past, but it was unknown whether these were the firearms used in the attack.Santiago was reported to be carrying military identification at the time of the shooting. Santiago was reportedly born in New Jersey in 1990 and moved to Puerto Rico two years later.
He lived most of his life in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, and attended high school there. He joined the Puerto Rico National Guard on December 14, 2007, and served in the Iraq War from April 23, 2010 to February 19, 2011 as a combat engineer. He later served in the Alaska Army National Guard from November 21, 2014, until receiving a general discharge in August 2016 for "unsatisfactory performance." He was a private first class and received ten awards during his time in the military.According to his family members, he had become mentally ill after his tour in Iraq and had recently received psychological treatment following a number of incidents. Federal officials confirmed that he was undergoing treatment for mental health problems.
In January 2016, Santiago was arrested and charged with assault in an incident involving his girlfriend in Anchorage, Alaska. It was alleged that he was yelling at her, broke down the door, and proceeded to strangle her. The case resulted in a deferred prosecution agreement.
Fort Lauderdale airport Shooting Attack Details
According to officials, the suspect opened fire with a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol in the airport at about 12:55 p.m. EST, in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2, which is the host terminal for Delta Air Lines and Air Canada. Video showed travelers rushing out of the airport and hundreds of people waiting on the tarmac as numerous law enforcement officers rushed to the scene. Part of the panic occurred following "unfounded reports of additional gunshots"; the false alarm touched off a brief panic in other terminals. Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted from the airport, "Shots have been fired. Everyone is running."
The shooting lasted about 70 to 80 seconds.The suspect laid down on the ground after he stopped shooting, after running out of ammunition. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel stated that law enforcement officers did not fire shots and that the gunman was arrested without incident.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office reported that five people were killed. Originally, eight people were have said to have been injured, but the sheriff clarified on January 7 that the number of people injured due to the shooting was actually six, with three admitted in intensive care units. The sheriff said that in addition to the people injured by gunshots, about 30 to 40 others were "injured in the panic" during the event.