WATCH: Multiple Eye Witnesses, Including Pilot, Refute Official Story of Florida Airport Shooting
January 11, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FL — In the week following the January 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, the reports of two witnesses describing multiple shooters have been widely shared across the internet. Their first-person accounts conflict with the events reported by law enforcement officials, who say a single suspect opened fire in a terminal baggage claim area, killing 5 people and injuring 6.
The “lone” shooter has been identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, an Army veteran who is reported to have mental issues. He was arrested without injury by police at the scene and is being held pending possible federal charges. It is claimed he flew from Anchorage to Fort Lauderdale on a one-way ticket, retrieved his handgun from baggage and began firing randomly at people after loading the gun in a bathroom.
Santiago had been recently sent to a hospital in November for a mental evaluation after he walked into an Alaska FBI field office and said the federal government was controlling his mind. He claimed C.I.A. agents were forcing him to watch Islamic State propaganda videos.