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    Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting suspect charged; feds won't rule out terror

    Jan 7, 2017


    FBI investigators questioned 26-year-old Esteban Santiago for hours, Special Agent in Charge George Piro said during a news conference. He said investigators were scouring the suspect's social media footprint and looking into where he'd traveled before.

    Terrorism may have been a "potential motivation" for the attack on Friday, Piro added, saying the FBI had not yet ruled anything out. "The indications are he came here to carry out this horrific attack," Piro said.

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    Esteban Santiago was born in New Jersey but moved to Puerto Rico when he was 2, his brother said. He grew up in the southern coastal town of Penuelas before joining the Guard in 2007.

    Former neighbor Ursula Candelario recalled seeing Esteban Santiago grow up and said people used to salute him after he joined the Guard. "He was very peaceful, very educated, very serious," she said. "We're in shock. I couldn't believe it," said Candelario.

    While in Iraq, Santiago cleared roads of improvised explosive devices and at least two members of his company were killed, spokesman Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead told The New York Times. He was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

    Since returning from Iraq, Santiago served in the Army Reserves and the Alaska National Guard in Anchorage, Olmstead told the AP. He was serving as a combat engineer in the Guard before his discharge for "unsatisfactory performance," said Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, a spokeswoman. His military rank upon discharge was E3, private 1st class, and he worked one weekend a month with an additional 15 days of training yearly, Olmstead said.

    She would not elaborate on his discharge, but the Pentagon said he went AWOL several times and was demoted and discharged.

    Still, he'd had some successes during his military career, being awarded a number of medals and commendations including the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

    His uncle and aunt in New Jersey were trying to make sense of what they were hearing about Santiago after his arrest at the Fort Lauderdale airport. FBI agents arrived at their house to question them, and reporters swarmed around.

    Maria Ruiz told The Record that her nephew had recently become a father to a son and was struggling.

    "It was like he lost his mind," she said in Spanish of his return from Iraq. "He said he saw things."

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    Law enforcement officers were at the girlfriend's home Friday afternoon, and officers guarding the property outside told a reporter who approached the home to step away.

    Senator-elect Nelson Cruz, who knew the family and represents the town where they live in Puerto Rico, said he had been talking regularly with Bryan Santiago since the shooting.

    "They're very humble and very Christian people," Cruz said of Esteban Santiago's brother and mother. "They want to tell the families of the victims that they're extremely saddened and extremely upset by what happened."


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    Fla Shooter Photographed In Islamic Garb

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    Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect's brother says U.S. gov't failed him

    Jan 7, 2017


    PENUELAS, Puerto Rico -- The brother of a man accused of killing five people at a Florida airport questioned Saturday why his brother was allowed to keep his gun after U.S. authorities knew he’d become increasingly paranoid and was hearing voices.

    Esteban Santiago, 26, had trouble controlling his anger after serving in Iraq and told his brother that he felt he was being chased and controlled by the CIA through secret online messages. When he told agents at an FBI field office his paranoid thoughts in November, he was evaluated for four days, then released without any follow-up medication or therapy.

    “The FBI failed there,” Bryan Santiago told The Associated Press. “We’re not talking about someone who emerged from anonymity to do something like this.”

    Speaking in Spanish outside his family’s house in Penuelas, the brother said: “The federal government already knew about this for months, they had been evaluating him for a while, but they didn’t do anything.

    A law enforcement source said when Santiago -- who had been living in Anchorage, Alaska -- walked into the FBI office in November, he had a handgun in his possession, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports. It is not known if the handgun was the 9mm handgun that authorities said Santiago used in the Florida attack on Friday.

    The weapon had been taken away when he entered the FBI reception area and was held while he was interviewed by the FBI, Milton reports. When the Anchorage Police Department transported Santiago to the hospital, they took possession of the weapon. The law enforcement source said that apparently the police department returned the weapon to Santiago after he received a medical evaluation.

    A U.S. law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CBS News that Santiago had said that his mind was being controlled by the CIA and the U.S. government and that he was being forced to watch videos from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

    The FBI office in Alaska declined to comment ahead of a Saturday news conference.

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    Bryan Santiago said his brother had requested psychological help but barely received any.

    “I told him to go to church or to seek professional help,” he said.

    Family members have said Esteban Santiago changed after serving a yearlong tour in Iraq. He was born in New Jersey but moved to Puerto Rico when he was 2, his brother said. He grew up in Penuelas before joining the Guard in 2007.

    He deployed in 2010 as part of the Puerto Rico National Guard, spending a year with an engineering battalion, according to Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Dahlen.

    Esteban Santiago’s mother wiped tears from her eyes as she stood inside a screen door Saturday. She said her son had been tremendously affected by seeing a bomb explode near two friends while serving in Iraq.

    Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, a Guard spokeswoman, told The New York Times that two soldiers in Santiago’s company had died during his stint in Iraq.

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    FBI owes better answers on Fort Lauderdale airport shooting | Editorial

    Jan 7, 2017


    Given that he reportedly suffered mental health problems, that he told FBI agents he was hearing voices about ISIS and that he was held for psychiatric evaluation in Alaska just two months ago, how is it even possible that Esteban Santiago was allowed to fly with a gun?

    Following the bloodbath he is believed to have caused at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday — killing five and wounding eight in a shooting spree at baggage claim — the FBI said Saturday that Santiago wasn't even on the federal no-fly list.

    Why in heaven's name not?

    How many warning signs, red flags and alarm bells does the agency need to recognize that someone poses a danger, deserves ongoing scrutiny and shouldn't be allowed to possess — let alone fly — with weapons and ammunition?

    At least in the case of Omar Mateen, the disturbed young man who pledged allegiance to ISIS as he massacred 49 and wounded 53 at Orlando's Pulse nightclub last June, the FBI had raised its antenna and tracked his routine for 10 months before mistakenly closing the case.

    But from what little the FBI is saying in Fort Lauderdale, it appears the agency demonstrated insufficient attention after Santiago walked into its Anchorage office in November in a "very agitated state."

    According to various reports, Santiago said he wanted to talk about the government having taken over his mind, about being forced to watch propaganda videos on ISIS and about feeling forced to fight for the Islamic State terror group.

    You'd think words like ISIS and Islamic State would hit agents in the face. They should have been especially concerned — if they knew — that the Iraqi combat veteran had reportedly been discharged from the Alaska Guard in August "for unsatisfactory performance."

    But it appears the FBI handed off the problem and failed to follow up.

    Instead, they called local police, who facilitated a psychiatric review. Sources told the Sun Sentinel that Santiago was committed to a hospital because he was seen as a danger to himself or others.

    But no one is saying how long he was committed, whether he was adjudicated mentally unfit or why nothing in this timeline triggered his entry on the no-fly list, which was created after 9/11 to keep people who present "a known or suspected threat" from boarding commercial aircraft.

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    Airport gunman charged, US seeks death penalty

    Jan 7, 2017


    Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (WTXF/AP) - The Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy international airport in Florida was charged Saturday and could face the death penalty if convicted.

    Esteban Santiago, 26, told investigators that he planned the attack, buying a one-way ticket to the Fort Lauderdale airport, a federal complaint said. Authorities don't know why he chose his target and have not ruled out terrorism.

    Santiago was charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death -- which carries a maximum punishment of execution -- and weapons charges.

    "Today's charges represent the gravity of the situation and reflect the commitment of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel to continually protect the community and prosecute those who target our residents and visitors," U.S Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said.

    Authorities said during a news conference that they had interviewed roughly 175 people, including a lengthy interrogation with the cooperative suspect, a former National Guard soldier from Alaska. Flights had resumed at the Fort Lauderdale airport after the bloodshed, though the terminal where the shooting happened remained closed.

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    Suspect Charged In Shooting Death Of 5 People At Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Airport

    January 6, 20171:47 PM ET

    Updated at 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday

    The U.S. Attorney has charged Esteban Santiago, the man in custody for carrying out the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday afternoon.
    At least five people were killed and six others were injured in the shooting, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

    The suspect, Esteban Santiago, had been taken into custody "without incident" by a sheriff's deputy immediately after the shooting, Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference. Israel had said earlier in the day that "at this point it looks like he acted alone."

    The charges issued include: "Performing an act of violence against a person at an airport," "using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence" and "causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm in the course of a violation."

    The maximum penalty carried with these charges is a possible death sentence.

    Santiago will have his initial appearance Monday at 11:00 a.m., before United States Magistrate Judge Alicia O. Valle in Fort Lauderdale.

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    January 8, 2017 10:52 AM

    Why didn’t the FBI dig deeper into Santiago’s story?

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    Esteban Santiago, clearly troubled by what was going on in his head, went to the FBI before the carnage authorities say he unleashed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday. Weeks before. But why the words he used — Islamic State, terrorist, CIA — didn’t lead agents to do anything more than let the local police department handle it appears the biggest lapse so far in this horrific case.

    And that complicates the case of Santiago, 26, the former Army reservist who will appear in federal court for the first time Monday to face charges for the shootings that left five people dead and eight others wounded.



    Now, even as Americans learn more about Santiago and his long, unfortunate journey from Alaska to South Florida, the questions remain practically endless. He had a domestic-violence charge lurking in his background, as well as a “general discharge” from the Alaska National Guard for “unsatisfactory performance.”
    It is imperative that the FBI, the Alaska police department, aviation authorities and — to the degree that they can given confidentiality laws — the psychiatric professionals who encountered Santiago must respond quickly and forthrightly.

    Unfortunately, it appears that almost everyone did everything according to law, which makes the airport shootings even more tragic. Santiago’s journey did not begin when he set foot on that Delta flight in Anchorage.




    In early November, before becoming a so-called “active shooter” and opening fire on that group of innocent people at baggage claim, Santiago went to the FBI in Anchorage — leaving his infant son and a gun in his car — and told to agents that the CIA had taken control of his mind and was forcing him to watch ISIS videos. He said he felt compelled to go fight for the terrorist group.

    The FBI called local police, who took Santiago into custody. He eventually got a psychiatric evaluation and remained hospitalized for a time. But he was never adjudicated mentally ill. If he had, Santiago, under federal law, would not be allowed to have a firearm. But, instead, it means Alaska police eventually returned his gun because they had no legal authority to withhold it. It means Santiago was able check a gun and bullets in a bag and board a flight for Fort Lauderdale. It means there was nothing preventing him from doing what he is said to have done when he got off the plane.

    Even though Santiago was alarmed at his own state of mind and told the FBI he was considering fighting for ISIS, he was put on neither a no-fly list, which would have prevented him from flying internationally if that truly was his plan, or the Terrorist Watch List, which would have triggered other alarms.

    We need to know why all this happened. More urgent, we need to know that it won’t happen again. It’s very possible that Santiago is one “lone wolf” that could have been snared.

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    Fort Lauderdale Airport shooter retrieved his gun from Anchorage police last month and used the same weapon in killing of five at terminal.1:23 PM · Jan 8, 2017
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    NEW: Airport shooter earned nearly a dozen military medals

    Jan 8, 2017


    The 26-year-old man authorities have identified as the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooter earned 11 medals, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, during his nearly nine years with the U.S. military, U.S. Army officials confirmed with The Post Sunday morning.



    Esteban Santiago, who military records show also went by Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, served in the U.S. military from December 2007 through August 2016, according to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jesse Stalder. He received a general discharge from the Alaska Army National Guard on Aug. 16 for “unsatisfactory performance,” Lt. Col. Candis A. Olmstead told The Post.

    Stalder said Santiago was discharged as a private first class, a rank he earned in February.

    Among his 11 awards, Santiago earned Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal, Stalder said. He also received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, which recognizes members of the military who served in war on terror operations between Sept. 11, 2001 and a date not yet determined.

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    As of Saturday, authorities said they hadn’t ruled out terrorism as a possible motive for the attack. In November, Santiago walked into the Anchorage FBI office and claimed he was hearing voices telling him to join the terrorist organization ISIS, CNN reports. He told FBI agents he didn’t want to hurt anyone. He was taken for a mental health evaluation, FBI officials said late Friday.

    Santiago was deployed to Iraq from April 2010 through February 2011 as a combat engineer, military officials confirmed. He had assignments with the Puerto Rico and Alaska National Guards, Stalder said. He was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri from November 2008 through March 2009 and Fort Dix in New Jersey from March 2010 to April 2011, Stalder said.


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    Florida airport shooting suspect to appear in court Monday morning

    Jan 9, 2017


    The Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people and wounding six others in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning under tight security.

    Shortly before 8 a.m. CST, Esteban Santiago was escorted from Broward's Main Jail to be taken to the federal courthouse on Broward Boulevard for a hearing that is scheduled for 10 a.m. CST.

    Santiago, 26, is facing federal charges involving murder, firearms and airport violence. If convicted, Santiago could face the death penalty.


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    Suspect in #FLLshooting assigned a public defender, informed he faces possible death sentence in brief court appearance


    Esteban Santiago, suspected #FLL shooter, shackled at hands and feet, wore red jumpsuit and spoke aloud to answer questions
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    Florida airport shooting suspect makes court appearance

    Jan 9, 2017


    The Iraq war veteran accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six at a crowded Florida airport baggage claim briefly appeared in federal court Monday in Fort Lauderdale.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Valle explained the charges 26-year-old Esteban Santiago faces and told him the death penalty could apply during a 15-minute hearing Monday morning.

    Security was tight outside the courthouse with more than two-dozen officers in bulletproof vests. Santiago wore a red jumpsuit and was shackled at the wrists, stomach and legs.

    Santiago has been in custody since the Friday afternoon shooting. He answered the judge's questions in a clear voice. He told the judge he worked for a security firm in Anchorage, Alaska, until November. He said he only has about $5 to $10 in the bank.

    The judge set a detention hearing for Jan. 17 and an arraignment hearing on Jan. 23.

    Santiago is facing federal charges involving murder, firearms and airport violence.

    In the federal system, Santiago would have to be charged by a grand jury indictment unless he gives up that legal right. He would not enter a plea of guilty or not guilty until formal charges are filed, which could takes days or weeks.

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    Santiago's One-Way Terror Ticket to Fort Lauderdale

    Jan 9, 2017


    It was an attack without warning, made possible by a $278 one way ticket from Anchorage, Alaska to Fort Lauderdale.

    Buying the Delta airlines ticket just last Tuesday, Esteban Santiago told his family that he was going to Florida to see a step-brother.

    On Friday, 43 minutes after landing, gunfire erupted, leaving five dead and six more injured.

    Hours before his first court appearance, Esteban Santiago has told his interrogators that he had been in contact with the ISIS terror group online.

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    Family of accused airport killer's infant son grieves for victims

    Jan 10, 2017


    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The girlfriend of the man accused of killing five in a Florida airport has avoided reporters, but her eldest daughter said Monday that the family is grieving for those slain and the six others wounded.

    "My deepest condolences to the innocent people who lost their lives and/or were injured," Robyn Peterson, the 18-year-old daughter of Gina Peterson, wrote in a statement released late Monday. "My heart's warmest sincerity to their families, friends, and my mother, brother and sisters."

    Gina Peterson, 40, had lived with 26-year-old Esteban Santiago in a small Anchorage apartment since last year. Santiago faces federal charges in the Friday shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

    Peterson has declined media interviews since the shooting and posted a "no trespassing" sign outside her apartment Saturday. She gave birth to Santiago's son in September.

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    Esteban Santiago is pictured in September 2016 in a hospital with his newborn son. (Photo: Keldy Ortiz, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record)
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    Authorities: Ft. Lauderdale Suspect First Planned New Year’s Eve Trip to New York

    Jan 9, 2017


    Esteban Santiago’s initial destination may not have been Fort Lauderdale, but New York City, where he had made a reservation to fly in on New Year’s Eve, authorities told ABC News.

    But for some unknown reason, he cancelled the flight and a few days later booked a one-way $278 ticket to Florida.

    New York City counterterrorism officials are investigating Santiago’s plan to visit the city, and whether he planned to stay in New York or transfer to another flight.

    Officials believe that the highly visible presence of NYPD officers throughout the city on New Year’s Eve could have been an effective deterrent.

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    Fort Lauderdale Shooting Suspect Esteban Santiago Used a Muslim Name?

    Some reports indicate the suspected Florida shooter may have used an Arabic-sounding name.

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    In the wake of the deadly shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 6 January 2017, some web sites began claiming that the shooting suspect, who has been identified by authorities as Esteban Santiago Ruiz, 26, used Arabic-sounding names, and that he was a radicalized terrorist who had converted to an extreme form of Islam. Some said that he used the name Emir Mohamed Sikkim, while others claimed he had assumed the name Aashiq Hammad.

    An unnamed law enforcement official told ABC News on 9 January 2017 that Santiago may in fact have used the name Aashiq Hammad:


    Since the attacks, investigators recovered Santiago’s computer from a pawn shop, and the FBI is examining it to determine whether the alleged shooter created a jihadist identity for himself using the name Aashiq Hammad, according to officials familiar with the case.

    On 9 January 2017, Santiago had his initial court appearance. He was charged with three federal counts related to the shooting spree in which he allegedly killed five people. Santiago potentially faces the death penalty.

    According to the criminal complaint provided by federal authorities, Santiago was at Terminal 2 of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (which at the time was packed with arriving passengers retrieving their luggage), pulling out a handgun, aiming it at victims' heads, and firing "in a methodical manner." Five people were killed; six others were injured. Santiago reportedly surrendered to Broward County sheriff's deputies, having fired all his ammunition.

    It seems that the claim that Santiago went by "Emir Mohamed Sikkim" was a rumor spread via social media, according to the web site "Fire Andrea Mitchell!" (Andrea Mitchell is the chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News):


    Lots of reports going around social media that Emir Mohamed Sikkim was Esteban Santiago Muslim convert name. Since the media will never investigate this (and they even white-wash photos of the Islamic terrorist making the ISIS finger gesture in a Muslim Keffiyeh, we need to know if this is true.

    Reports claim that Emir Mohamed Sikkim or Esteban Santiago has been posting on Jihadi forums for years, that also needs to be verified.
    The conservative site GotNews.com, which is owned by controversial media figure Chuck C. Johnson, claimed that Santiago may have used the name Aashiq Hammad, and was a fan of the Japanese animation art form known as anime. The GotNews team used the Nexis public records database search results of proof for their claim:


    A search of public records database Nexis reveals that Puerto Rican Esteban Santiago has a brother named Bryan Santiago and two e-mails registered to his name...

    The second e-mail, “Naota33@hotmail.com”, is how GotNews exclusively visually identified Santiago before every mainstream media outlet and discovered he was posting on an explosives/weapons forum about mass-downloading Islamic terrorist propaganda videos in 2007 yesterday.

    Today, we discovered the first e-mail, “Naota017@gmail.com”, in the MySpace database that was leaked earlier this year. This is the raw data we found:

    211355052:naota017@gmail.com:aashiqhammad:0x313afa 5189c150b7b0f3e6d39e0fa223f88ec42b:

    The middle entry “aashiqhammad” can be added to the MySpace URL to discover the profile that was registered to the e-mail address “Naota017@gmail.com”.

    As noted in the text quoted above, these e-mails were used to track down a MySpace account belonging to a person using the name "asshiq." The account user lists the city of Peńuelas, Puerto Rico as their home and has Muslim religious song listed under "songs." (We have e-mailed both the accounts to see if they are in use, and have not received a response).

    Their claim hinged on whether e-mail addresses and other personal information ascribed to Santiago by the Nexis search were in fact correct. Information gleaned from such searches can contain errors, because such databases pull information from multiple available records. They have in the past been known to conflate information belonging to individuals with similar names.

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    Fifth person killed in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting is identified by authorities
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    A woman originally from Ohio has been identified as the fifth person who died in Friday's mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Broward officials said Wednesday evening.

    Mary Louise Amzibel, 69, is the fifth victim, authorities said. She and her husband, Ed, were natives of Ashtabula, Ohio, near the Pennsylvania border, but they haven't lived there for many years, according to the Star Beacon. Her husband was wounded during the shooting and remains in a coma, according to the newspaper. They were in Fort Lauderdale for a Panama Canal cruise. Public records indicate the couple had been living in Dover, Delaware.

    The county also confirmed the names of the other four people who died in the shooting. Alaskan resident Esteban Santiago has been charged in the shootings.

    The other four people who died are:

    -Shirley Wells Timmons, 70, from Ohio, who with her husband, Steve, was on their way to a family cruise leaving for Port Everglades.

    -Michael John Oehme, 57, from Council Bluffs, Iowa, who with his wife, Kari, flew to Fort Lauderdale from Omaha, Nebraska, for their annual cruise.

    -Olga M. Woltering, 84, from Marietta, Georgia, with her husband, Ralph, flew into Fort Lauderdale for a cruise with their children, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    -Terry Michael Andres, 62, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, had just arrived in Fort Lauderdale to take a cruise with his wife.

    Six people were hospitalized after the shooting. Three have been released from Broward Health Medical Center. The other three remain hospitalized: One is in critical condition, another is in serious condition, and the third is in good condition. Two of the three remaining in the hospital have gunshot wounds.

    "It was Broward County's intent to officially release the names of all the victims at the appropriate time, with respect for the family's wishes and in accordance with state and federal laws. However, the media's persistence in demanding the names has hastened the release of this limited information as required by law," said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief.

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    How accused airport killer Esteban Santiago spun out of control -- with no one to stop him
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    In the year before the rampage at the Fort Lauderdale airport, accused killer Esteban Santiago was arrested on domestic violence charges and became estranged from the mother of his newborn son, lost his military rank and then his job with the Alaska National Guard.

    To many who crossed paths with the 26-year-old Puerto Rico transplant and decorated Iraq War combat veteran, the man once known as soft-spoken, even withdrawn, seemed to be losing his grip on reality.


    Suddenly, someone who next door neighbor Rick Ford said "was never a look you in the eye and say 'hello' kinda guy" was prone to verbal outbursts and walked the streets of Anchorage hearing voices in his head.

    But records and interviews with friends and family show that Santiago had been struggling to maintain his calm facade and keep himself in check for several years before he strode through the baggage claim area in Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport randomly shooting people with a 9 mm handgun, killing five and wounding six.

    His family says he tried to get psychiatric help in both Puerto Rico and Alaska. He had several run-ins with police, and months before the Fort Lauderdale attack he walked into an FBI office and said he was hearing voices. At least twice he had his guns confiscated by police and then returned. Despite all the warning signs, public safety nets designed to head off the very kind of attack he carried out failed to stop him.
    Santiago spent his last weeks in Anchorage living at a budget motel with $30 a night sleeping pods, seemingly subsisting on jerky, chips and orange soda he paid for with cash at a nearby store.

    Justina Kunayak Jr., a manager there, said Santiago was always polite while inside the store. But several weeks ago, she said, she watched as Santiago stood out in the street shouting in a rage at a man and woman trying to drive away from a nearby Domino's Pizza.

    "He seemed to be screaming — who knows what — at the driver, screaming and looking inside the car," she said. "The husband looked like he wanted to get out and confront him, but the woman said 'Let him be' and they drove" away.

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    Airport shooter Esteban Santiago due in court Tuesday, zero chance he will be released, lawyers say

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    Airport shooter Esteban Santiago due back in court Tuesday

    Legal experts say there is absolutely no possibility that accused airport shooter Esteban Santiago would be released from jail.

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    Airport shooter Esteban Santiago due in court Tuesday, zero chance he will be released, lawyers say

    Accused airport shooter [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is due back in federal court in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday for a detention hearing.
    But there is absolutely no possibility that he would be released from jail, legal experts said.

    "It's more likely that I'm going to get hit by a meteorite ... than that this guy would get out on bond," said Paul Petruzzi, a South Florida lawyer who is not involved in the case but handles a lot of criminal cases in the region.

    Federal prosecutors have asked for Santiago to remain jailed while the case is pending on the grounds that he is a danger to the community and might flee from justice if he was released on bond.

    Other legal reasons to keep him detained include the seriousness of the allegations against him and that he would face life in prison or the death penalty, if convicted.

    Santiago, who has not yet been formally charged, is facing allegations he fatally shot five people and injured six others on Jan. 6 at the Terminal 2 baggage claim area of Fort Lauderdale's international airport.

    He is on suicide watch, in solitary confinement, at the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] main jail.

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    Fort Lauderdale shooter says he carried out attack for ISIS, FBI claims
    1:11 PM ET, Tue January 17, 2017

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    Esteban Santiago, the man charged with killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport, told FBI agents he carried out the attack on behalf of ISIS, FBI special agent Michael Ferlazzo testified at Santiago's bond hearing Tuesday.

    The agent did not elaborate on whether Santiago was purporting to be linked to ISIS or simply inspired by the terrorist organization.


    ISIS has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Federal authorities in Alaska said Santiago told them prior to the attack that he was hearing voices and that his mind was being controlled by the CIA. Santiago made no such claim during the six-hour interview conducted shortly after the January 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Ferlazzo testified.

    Ferlazzo, who conducted the interview, said only that Santiago claimed to be fighting for ISIS and that he'd been in touch with like-minded people via jihadi chat rooms who were planning attacks as well.

    Santiago is charged with using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; performing an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that caused serious bodily injury; and causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm.
    The latter two are punishable by death, while the first charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

    Authorities have said that Santiago confessed to the mass shooting, which they said he perpetrated after disembarking a plane from Anchorage and collecting a checked bag containing a Walther 9-millimeter pistol and two magazines.

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    Florida airport shooting suspect set to enter plea

    6:25 AM. CST January 30, 2017

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The suspect in the South Florida airport shooting spree in which five people were killed and six were wounded is scheduled to enter a plea.

    An arraignment is set Monday morning in federal court for 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, who's charged in a 22-count federal indictment in the Jan. 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

    He's charged with causing death or bodily harm at an international airport, causing death during a crime of violence and using a firearm during a crime of violence. Santiago could face the death penalty if convicted.

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    Airport shooter listens to 22 charges and pleads not guilty

    Jan 30, 2017


    Esteban Santiago, the man accused of a mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, pleaded not guilty on Monday during a brief hearing in federal court.

    U.S. District Court Magistrate Barry Seltzer read the 22-count indictment and asked Santiago if he understood each count. Santiago, wearing chains around his waist and ankles, stood at a lectern in the courtroom. At times, he leaned over to read the indictment as Seltzer read it out loud.

    “Yes,” Santiago replied 22 times.

    No future court date was set during Monday’s hearing.

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    Alleged airport shooter lied on guard application

    Feb 13, 2017


    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The man accused of killing five people at a Florida airport lied about his criminal record on his application to be a security guard in Alaska, and was fired after only a few months on the job because of the state of his mental health.

    The new information is contained in the security guard application Esteban Santiago filed last summer for a license from the state of Alaska so he could work at Signal 88 Security in Anchorage.

    The state released the application Monday to The Associated Press, which had appealed the state's initial refusal to release the document made through an open records request.

    Phone and email messages sent to Will Serra, listed as Signal 88 Security of Anchorage owner, weren't immediately returned. A man who only identified himself as Serra's business partner answered the Signal 88 Security phone Monday and said they would not comment because of the ongoing criminal investigation.

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    Santiago was charged in a domestic violence case in January 2016 when his girlfriend said he broke through a bathroom door and at struck her in the head at their small Anchorage home. He agreed to take part in a deferred sentence program, which included completing a 12-week anger management course. If all requirements were completed by March 2017, the state would dismiss the charges, but he hasn't completed the requirements.

    Santiago listed the domestic violence incident on one line of his July 14, 2017, application to the state for a security guard license, but added, "No charge."

    Then, on Sept. 19, 2016, Serra — the Signal 88 Security owner — filed a status change/disclosure form with the state regarding Santiago that details more of Santiago's criminal history. The handwritten criminal history is poorly punctuated, but it appears to incorrectly say charges in the domestic violence case were dismissed the same day they were filed.

    About six weeks later, on Nov. 7, Santiago showed up at the Anchorage FBI office, complaining of voices in his head and of government mind control. The FBI handed him off to Anchorage police, which took him for a five-day hold at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. Santiago gave them his gun for safekeeping so no one would steal it out of his car.

    The gun was returned to him in December, and authorities say it was the same weapon used in the Florida shooting.

    Signal 88 Security fired Santiago on Nov. 15, just days after he was released from the hospital, according to a copy of the employee separation form Serra sent to the state after the airport massacre.

    "Due to Esteban Santiago's current documented mental illness, affecting his judgment and reason, he is disqualified to be licensed as a (sic) unarmed security officer in the state of Alaska," the form signed by Serra reads.

    However, the form also notes Santiago would be eligible for rehire only "if a clean bill of mental fitness was provided by a licensed medical practitioner."


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    Lawyer: Florida airport shooting suspect mentally competent

    5:54 p.m. ET Feb. 16, 2017

    MIAMI (AP) — An Alaska man accused of killing five people and wounding six in a shooting rampage at a major Florida airport is competent to proceed with his court case despite indications of mental illness, his attorneys told a judge Thursday.

    Esteban Santiago, 26, was treated briefly before the shooting at an Anchorage, Alaska, psychiatric facility after showing up at an FBI office and telling agents he was hearing voices and was under CIA mind control. He made similar statements about mind control after he was arrested in the Jan. 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, authorities said.

    Defense attorneys Hector Dopico and Eric Cohen, however, told U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom at a hearing that Santiago understands court proceedings, comprehends the charges against him and is able to assist in preparing a defense. They also said he is taking psychiatric medicine in jail for an undisclosed mental condition.

    "We have met with him hours upon hours. We do not have a concern at this time," Dopico said. "One can be profoundly mentally ill, including schizophrenic, and be competent."

    Bloom initially said she wanted to order a full psychiatric evaluation for Santiago but decided to wait after Dopico asked for time to obtain records of his previous treatment and his behavior while in a different jail following his Florida arrest. The issue of mental competence could play a key role in whether the Justice Department decides to seek the death penalty against Santiago.
    "I want to ensure the court is satisfied he is competent," Bloom said.

    The judge asked Santiago a series of questions about whether he understood the 22-count indictment against him, whether he knew how the death penalty decision would be made and whether he was satisfied with his lawyers. He calmly answered "yes" to each of these and said "no" when asked if he objected to delays in the case.

    Trial is currently scheduled to begin Oct. 2 in Miami. Another hearing on the competency issue is set for March 15.

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    Jail records reveal more about Esteban Santiago, suspected Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter
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    6 weeks after being booked into the Broward County jail, Esteban Santiago remains on suicide watch, his moves documented every 15 minutes. *It's the kind of round-the-clock monitoring that's typical for suspects facing murder charges.
    According to newly-obtained jail records, Santiago's days in the county jail are dull, with lots of "lying down" documented, some "pacing" in his cell. * He's also been documented doing his own version of jail cell exercise that has included "push-ups" and "shadow boxing himself."

    Two weeks worth of jail records, between January 7th*(the day he was booked) and January 23rd show the 26-year-old has attempted to reach out. *He's made calls to Alaska, where he most recently lived and Puerto Rico. *But as of a January 20th jail record, both calls were incomplete. *At one point Santiago was seen "crying" into the receiver.
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    The suspected Fort Lauderdale airport shooter who, investigators say, killed alone is seemingly alone now. Other than attorneys and investigators, Santiago had one visit from a family during two weeks of jail records reviewed. That visitor was his brother who stayed for one hour and 21 minutes, according to records
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    At one point on the night of January 15th, Santiago was observed trying to open a ceiling flap. *Earlier, he was seen standing at the door, naked. *Though it's unclear if he was in his cell or somewhere else. *But a moment later, the accused murderer who shot 11 people in airport baggage claim, killing 5, is observed giving other inmate a thumb's up.
    Esteban Santiago appeared in a Miami federal courtroom on Thursday afternoon where he was deemed competent to stand trial. *Santiago faces 22 federal charges and has pleaded not guilty.

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    Boo Hoo Hoo, I hope no one ever visits him again.
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    Accused Airport Gunman Has Hearing On Mental Health Issues

    March 15, 2017 7:35 AM

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage inside Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is due back in court on Wednesday.

    Esteban Santiago has a hearing concerning his mental health issues.

    His attorneys say he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, but add he is competent to stand trial.

    Santiago is accused of killing five people and injuring six others on January 6th in a baggage claim area of Terminal 2.

    A Grand Jury indicted the 26-year-old on 22 counts; eleven counts of performing an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that caused death or serious bodily injury, six counts of use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and five counts of causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm.

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    Man accused of Fort Lauderdale mass shooting has mental illness but can stand trial

    March 15, 2017


    The Alaskan military veteran accused of fatally shooting five travelers and wounding six others at a Fort Lauderdale airport suffers from mental illness, but with the help of medication Esteban Santiago can stand trial, a federal judge said Wednesday.

    After finding the defendant competent for now, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said she wanted to monitor the 27-year-old on a monthly basis and hoped to hold his trial in October. But Bloom also recognized that it might take a year for federal prosecutors and the Justice Department to decide whether to charge him with the death penalty in the Jan. 6 mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

    “I would hope we have a trial date this year,” Bloom said.

    Santiago, who was first held at the Broward County Jail and is now at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, has been diagnosed by doctors with two psychotic illnesses: schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, his defense attorneys disclosed in a court filing earlier this week. Without the benefit of medication, both illnesses can cause hallucination, delusions and depression.

    At first, Santiago refused to take medication after his arrest but in the past month has been taking Haldol, a prescription drug,which has stabilized him.

    “As [he] is now committed to adhering to the medication regiment prescribed for him ... his mental stability is unlikely to change before trial,” Assistant Federal Public Defender Eric Cohen wrote in a status report for the judge.

    At Wednesday’s hearing, Bloom asked the defendant if he understood why is mentally stable. He mumbled that taking his medication makes him mentally capable for trial.

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    Thanks for the update Kitty, hopefully medication will work for him, that's if they can get him to stay on it...
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