JUST IN: Suspected Gunman Told FBI He Was Being Forced To Fight For ISIS
CBS Officials said the gunman in a deadly attack at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport checked in his weapon from a flight arriving from Canada. Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, 26, has been named as the suspected shooter.
According to Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, Esteban-Ruiz was a passenger on a Canadian 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.
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.
We confirm we have no record of a passenger by the name Esteban Santiago, or checked guns, on any of our flights to Fort Lauderdale #FLL 5/5
— Air Canada (@AirCanada) January 6, 2017
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.
UPDATE: Fort Lauderdale Airport shooter lived within walking distance of the ONLY mosque in Alaska.
NBC (h/t Susan K) A spokeswoman for the Alaska National Guard confirmed to NBC News that Esteban Santiago joined the Puerto Rico National Guard on Dec. 14, 2007, and was deployed to Iraq from April 23, 2010 to Feb. 19, 2011.
He was then in the Army Reserves before joining the Alaska Army National Guard on Nov. 21, 2014. He received a general discharge from the Alaska Army National Guard on Aug. 16, 2016, for unsatisfactory performance, the spokeswoman said.
His girlfriend in Alaska gave birth to a baby (below) in September.
The below photo allegedly of Esteban Santiago, wearing what possibly could be a keffiyeh, a scarf often worn by Palesitnian Arabs, has appeared on Twitter. Some unconfirmed reports say it is believed he posted on a forum for downloading Islamic jihadi videos in 2007.
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