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Five dead and eight are injured at a Fort Lauderdale Airport by a lone gunman. The suspect, Esteban Santiago, had his gun checked in his baggage. He is thought to have arrived from Canada around noon and loaded his weapon in a bathroom.
Santiago was carrying some form of military ID. He is suspected of being a former U.S. Army soldier from the New York area.
The initial shooting took place just before 1pm and the Broward Sherriff’s Office reported it had arrested a man suspect of opening fire inside a baggage claim area in Terminal 2.
About an hour later, a second gunman was reported to be in Terminal 1, causing people to flea and hide behind cars. But this was an error. The second incident in Terminal 1 involved a person injured during the airport evacuation.
Court records show that Santiago had minor brushes with the law when he lived in Alaska, including a $1,000 fine for driving without insurance and another infraction for driving with broken tail lights.
An Anchorage landlord evicted him last year for failure to pay rent.
In January, he was charged with misdemeanor counts of property damage and assault. That case is ongoing.
Santiago has no criminal record in Florida.
The airport is shut down.