Gunman Kills 5 at Florida Airport

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  1. Admin

    Admin Captain Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 3, 2015
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    Gunman kills five at Florida's Ft Lauderdale airport


    At least five people have been shot dead and eight others wounded in a shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in the US state of Florida.

    Florida's Broward County Sheriff's office confirmed Friday's shooting in an update on Twitter. The sheriff's office also stated that a suspect has been taken into custody.

    "The gunman has been identified as a 26-year-old American born Esteban Santiago, who got off a plane from Canada," Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman, reporting from Washington DC, said.

    After claiming his bag, the man reportedly "emptied his luggage outside the baggage claim area, loaded his hand gun" and started shooting at random, Ackerman added.

    Officials gave no possible motive for the shooting inside Terminal 2, which serves Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.

    "At this point, it looks like he acted alone," Sheriff Scott Israel said. Nonetheless, he said "this scene is considered fluid and active" as police search the rest of the airport.

    Authorities received a call about shots being fired at around 12:55 pm local time (1755 GMT).

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    Florida Gunman Reported to Have Heard 'Imaginary Voices'


    Santiago is reported to be a former National Guard member serving in Puerto Rico. Last year, he voluntarily checked into a hospital for mental health evaluation. He is reported to have said he was hearing imaginary voices, some of them telling him to join the terrorist group Islamic State.

    Santiago spent 10 months in Iraq in 2010 and 2011. He later joined the Army National Guard in Alaska, the largest and most remote U.S. state. He is believed to have served in the Guard there from 2014 until August last year when he was discharged for unsatisfactory performance. Law enforcement officials also said Santiago spent some time working for a security company in Anchorage.

    The suspect is reported to have flown to Fort Lauderdale from Anchorage, via Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is believed to have carried his semi-automatic handgun in his checked luggage, retrieved the luggage after arriving in Florida, and loaded the gun in a restroom before opening fire on the victims.

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  2. YarS

    YarS Lieutenant Colonel

    Oct 14, 2016
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    Wh40k, Battletech
    Please accept my sincerest condolences.

    But what is it with your security in airports?