Federal law enforcement sources said the suspected gunman in a deadly attack at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport got into an argument during his flight from Alaska to Florida.
Records suggest the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooter Esteban Santiago is Puerto Rican, a fan of Japanese anime cartoons, and possibly a radical Islamic terrorist.
This is a developing story and there’s a lot to go through, so listen carefully:
Public records database Nexis lists only one “Esteban Santiago” who has lived in Alaska, as was reported on the news thanks to Senator Bill Nelson:
Santiago was not registered to any political party.
The one Esteban Santiago on Nexis was also born in 1990, confirming news reports that the shooter is 26-years-old. The same Nexis profile also lists multiple traffic arrests, as was reported by Fox News:
They’re now investigating whether that’s what set off a shooting rampage that left 5 dead and 8 others wounded.
Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, 26, took a flight from Alaska to Florida Friday with a stop in Minnesota, officials said. Somewhere along the way, he got into an argument.
In 2007, someone using the username “Naota33”, the same as Santiago’s e-mail, posted on an explosives and weapons forum on a thread about mass-downloading propaganda videos from Islamic terrorists:
Two e-mail addresses are listed as belonging to Santiago, including “Naota33@hotmail.com”:
Nexis also shows he had a Puerto Rican address, indicating he is of Puerto Rican heritage.
A search of leaked databases using those e-mails returns this image of Esteban Santiago wearing a Middle Eastern keffiyeh around his neck and doing a raised one-fingered common to members of the Islamic State and other Islamic terrorist groups:
“Naota33” comments that “the first link is the only one that works”, indicating he tried to download multiple videos of radical Islamic jihadist propaganda online.
“Naota” seems to be a reference to a Japanese anime cartoon Naota Nandaba.
UPDATE: CBS News has posted an image of the shooter that 100% confirms the GotNews & WeSearchr teams first visually identified him correctly nearly an hour ago:
According to Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, Santiago-Ruiz arrived from a flight with a gun that he checked in.
“He claimed his bag and took the gun from baggage and went into the bathroom to load it. Came out shooting people in baggage claim,” LaMarca said.
Earlier reports claimed Santiago-Ruiz came in on a flight from Canada. On the company’s Twitter account, Air Canada confirmed that no one by that name was on their flight.
Air Canada flights arrive to Terminal 2, where the shooting took place.
It was later determined that Santiago-Ruiz was on a Delta Air Lines flight.
Police were able to apprehend the suspect without having to fire their own weapons when he apparently ran out of bullets.
Law enforcement said he was found with an active military ID and is an American citizen, born in New Jersey. Previous known addresses include Penuelas, Puerto Rico and Anchorage, Alaska.
They add that in November 2016, he walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming that he was being forced to fight for ISIS. He was sent to a psychiatric hospital.
In 2011 or 2012, he was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations for child porn. Three weapons and a computer were seized, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute, according to law enforcement sources.
Santiago also has a record for minor traffic violations and was evicted in 2015 for not paying rent.
The suspect wasn’t hurt in the incident and no one else was taken into custody.
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