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Esteban Santiago was born in New Jersey making his a U.S. citizen. He is also an Iraq War combat veteran. Before he shot 11 people, killing five, at a Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport baggage claim, he pleaded with the FBI for help because he said he was hearing voices in his head that were urging him to fight for ISIS.
Santiago, 26, was on the FBI radar, however, they were unable to stop him from jumping on a flight from Alaska, with the gun in his checked baggage, which he then used to create death and destruction.
Santiago is a former U.S. Army Reservist, born in New Jersey, according to NBC News. The account that Santiago may have heard voices telling him to fight for ISIS – a story he allegedly gave to the FBI at the time – came from CNN. George L. Piro, the special agent in charge of the FBI in Miami, said at the evening news conference on January 6 that the investigation spans multiple states, and he confirmed that Santiago had sought out the FBI in Alaska a few months back. One report said the shooter, who lived in Alaska, had no other luggage but the gun, which federal rules allow a person to declare at a ticket counter and check under the plane but not carry on. His flight departed Anchorage, stopped over in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and finally arrived in Fort Lauderdale. He fired through luggage and at people who were hiding, an eyewitness told the network. The Florida governor called the attack “evil” and “disgusting” on CNN. An eyewitness told WCCO-TV in Minneapolis that the calm and silent shooter acted like he was in the woods going to target practice but he was “using people as his target.” h/t heavy
In addition to the five deaths, six people went to the hospital with wounds. Initial estimates of eight injured were downgraded to six.
On a side note, Political website, The Gateway Pundit reported that CNN altered a photograph of the cold-blooded killer to make him appear more white.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this horrible and heinous crime.
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