FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. >> The Iraq conflict veteran accused of killing 5 vacationers and wounding six others at a busy worldwide airport in Florida seems to have traveled there particularly to hold out the assault, authorities stated Saturday, however they don’t know but why he selected his goal and haven’t but dominated out terrorism.
Authorities stated throughout a information convention that that they had interviewed roughly one hundred seventy five individuals, together with a prolonged interrogation with the cooperative suspect, 26-yr-previous Esteban Santiago, a former Nationwide Guard soldier from Alaska. Flights had resumed on the Fort Lauderdale airport after the bloodshed, although the terminal the place the capturing occurred remained closed.
FBI Agent George Piro stated Santiago spoke to investigators for a number of hours after he opened hearth with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun that he seems to have legally checked on a flight from Alaska.
“Indications are that he got here right here to hold out this horrific assault,” Piro stated. “We’ve not recognized any triggers that might have brought about this assault. We’re pursuing all angles on what prompted him to hold out this horrific assault.”
Investigators are combing by means of social media and different info to find out Santiago’s motive, and it’s too early to say whether or not terrorism performed a task, Piro stated. In November, Santiago had walked into an FBI subject workplace in Alaska saying the U.S. authorities was controlling his thoughts and forcing him to observe Islamic State group movies, a regulation enforcement official stated.
Santiago had not been positioned on the U.S. no-fly listing and seems to have acted alone, Piro stated.
The assault despatched panicked witnesses operating out of the terminal and spilling onto the tarmac, baggage in hand. Others hid in toilet stalls or crouched behind automobiles or anything they might discover as police and paramedics rushed in Friday to assist the wounded and set up whether or not there have been another gunmen.
Bruce Hugon, who had flown in from Indianapolis for a trip, was on the baggage carousel when he heard 4 or 5 pops and noticed everybody drop to the bottom. He stated a lady subsequent to him tried to rise up and was shot within the head.
“The man should have been standing over me at one level. I might odor the gunpowder,” he stated. “I assumed I used to be about to really feel a piercing ache or nothing in any respect as a result of I might have been lifeless.”
Santiago had been discharged from the Nationwide Guard final yr after being demoted for unsatisfactory efficiency. His brother, Bryan Santiago, stated Saturday that his brother had requested psychological assist however acquired little help. Esteban Santiago stated in August that he was listening to voices, Bryan Santiago stated in Spanish on Saturday as he stood outdoors his household’s house. He stated he advised his brother then to hunt assist.
“How is it attainable that the federal authorities is aware of, they hospitalize him for less than 4 days, after which give him his weapon…