Shooter ID’d in Ft. Lauderdale Airport massacre that left five dead

The shooter opened fire in a baggage claim area

Police have identified a suspect in a mass shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Airport on Friday: Esteban Santiago is reportedly in custody. But that does not mean all is calm at the airport: Late Friday afternoon, news broke about a possible separate incident at the airport that had forced another terminal evacuation.

Santiago reportedly opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Friday, in the baggage claim area at Terminal 2, which reportedly serves Delta and Air Canada. killing  Five people were killed and eight others were injured. By late Friday afternoon, law enforcement revealed that Santiago was in custody, and that he was carrying a military ID. He is believed to be from New Jersey and 26 years old. There is no known motive at this time.

Also on Friday afternoon, multiple reports appeared on social media about a possible second incident, but the Broward County Sheriff’s office denied those reports.

Many people first became aware of the shooting via a tweet from former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who happened to be at the airport at the time. Fleischer sent two updates since then, the most recent saying that people were not being allowed to leave the airport.



Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims.


Photo: Associated Press