Esteban Santiago is a 26 years old Iraq war veteran who has been taken into custody after being identified as the prime suspect in the gun shooting at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on the afternoon of Friday.
In the shooting, 5 people were killed and at least 8 were wounded when Esteban allegedly opened up the fire in the area of baggage claim of the airport. At present, he is in the custody and being questioned by the law enforcement.
Now, let us gain few more information related to the bio of Santiago which has been extracted from various sources. He is the native of New Jersey, United States. He has now reached the age of 26. He is of Puerto Rican descent. Since 2014, he had been residing in Anchorage, Alaska. According to some of the reports, he was born on 16th March of the year 1990 which has now made him 26 years old.
Santiago flew into the airport from the Anchorage, Alaska on the Delta flight 2182 with the firearm as his only piece of the checked luggage. He was dressed up in a Star Wars T-shirt. According to the county commissioner, he claimed his bag, went to the bathroom for loading his handgun and then he started shooting people dead. The witnesses had said that he sprayed bullets around and then lay down on floor spread-eagled waiting for the arrest. They have also described
Prior to that, Santiago has also applied for the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividents in 2015 and 2016. In 2014, he registered to vote to give a South Anchorage address at the trailer court. The ABC News has also reported that he was the member of the Army National Guard and he was discharged in August. According to a report, he contacted his local FBI and also claimed that he was being forced to fight for the ISIS.
Apart from that, Federal sources told to the NBC News that the shooting gun did not appear to be the act of terrorism and both the federal as well as family sources have also told that Esteban Santiago had some issues on his mental health. The witnesses have also described Santiago as 5 feet and 7 inches male wearing a blue T-shirt.