FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A day earlier than the suspect within the Fort Lauderdale airport rampage was to seem in courtroom, an internet site launched footage that seems to point out him calmly drawing a pistol and opening hearth within the baggage declare space.
The video recording posted on TMZ’s web site http://www.tmz.com/2017/01/08/ft-lauderdale-capturing-first-photographs-video/ seems to point out Estaban Santiago strolling via baggage declare of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport on Friday, pulling a handgun from his waistband after which firing a number of occasions earlier than operating.
Santiago, 26, is accused of killing 5 vacationers and wounding six others the assault. He was charged Saturday with an act of violence at a world airport leading to dying — which carries a most punishment of execution — and weapons costs. His first courtroom listening to is Monday.
The FBI stated in an e mail that it was conscious of the video however wouldn’t touch upon its authenticity. TMZ doesn’t say the place it obtained the video, though it seems to be from a surveillance digital camera.
Santiago informed investigators that he deliberate the assault, shopping for a one-means ticket to the Fort Lauderdale airport, a federal grievance stated. Authorities do not know why he selected his goal and haven’t dominated out terrorism.
Authorities stated Saturday throughout a information convention that that they had interviewed roughly one hundred seventy five individuals, together with a prolonged interrogation with a cooperative Santiago, who’s a former Nationwide Guard soldier from Alaska.
FBI Agent George Piro stated Santiago spoke to investigators for a number of hours after he opened hearth with a 9mm semi-automated 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 may have triggered this assault. We’re pursuing all angles on what prompted him to hold out this horrific assault.”
Investigators are combing by way of social media and different info to find out Santiago’s motive, and it is 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, authorities stated.
Santiago had been discharged from the Nationwide Guard final yr after being demoted for unsatisfactory efficiency.
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.
“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 again?” Bryan Santiago stated.
His mom declined to remark as she stood contained in the display door of the household house in Puerto Rico, wiping tears from her eyes. The one factor she stated was that Esteban Santiago had been tremendously affected by…