Esteban Santiago ID’d as Airport Gunman; Flew With Gun in Checked Luggage

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Esteban Santiago, 26, of Anchorage, Alaska, has been identified as the gunman who opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport today.

Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca wrote on Facebook that Santiago landed at the airport after a flight. Santiago checked a handgun in his luggage and retrieved it at the Terminal 2 baggage claim, LaMaca wrote, adding that he loaded the gun in a bathroom then came out and opened fire. NBC News, citing law enforcement officials, confirmed LaMarca’s story.

Santiago was taken alive into custody. Five people were killed and eight people were wounded by Santiago, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

Santiago was born in New Jersey, according to NBC News, and was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. ABC News reports Santiago joined the National Guard in early 2016 and was honorably discharged approximately four months ago.
Santiago had lived in Anchorage since 2014, according to Alaskan court records. Those records show a criminal record there for minor traffic infractions including operating a vehicle without insurance and a broken taillight. Records also show his landlord evicted him for non-payment of rent in February 2015.
In January 2016, Santiago was charged with two misdemeanor crimes: one count of fourth-degree assault and another for damage of property over $50. According to a spokesperson from the Anchorage Police department the incident was related to domestic violence.

The case was resolved in March when Santiago entered into a deferred prosecution agreement, an alternative to adjudication where a state prosecutor dismissed the charges in exchange for Esteban’s completion of requirements that are unknown.

The Daily Beast / The Washington Post

14 COMMENTS

  1. Ah, just another workplace violence situation. Nothing to get all nervous about. He probably worked for an abusive boss. Was probably loyal to his employer, and after many years, was kicked out like a dog without receiving any benefits or severance pay. I feel your pain.

  2. This is serious. Maybe he is mad about the new wall being built. Still too much reaction especially if there is another way.

  3. I wonder what made him go off, PTSD or what?? , anything is possible pray every one else is doing great,,my condolences to the families that lost a love one 🙁

  4. I don’t like to speak badly of people but you are pretty dumb. Puerto Rico is part of the United States. This American-Mexican is schooling you. Wish we could put a wall up for this beautiful country but it would be to keep out people like you who have every opportunity to learn about different cultures and geography but choose to be illogical bigots instead. You’re also not funny. Be original.

  5. There IS no good argument against sealing our border…in every way possible. And a wall can’t hurt. Every kind of human garbage is finding it fairly easy to invade our country, and it is pretty well impossible to see any good results. Whether or not Latinos, Muslims, or any other ethnicity finds it offensive…..tough. It’s our country, and we have a right to be protected.

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