U.S. Federal prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, who is suspected in the shooting at the airport in Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA). In the attack five people were killed, eight were injured with bullet wounds, another 37 people were injured in the incident, receiving various injuries, seeking rather to leave the zone of fire.
The armed attack at the airport in Fort Lauderdale. Photos
Prosecutors have charged Santiago charged with violent acts that led to death, and two charges of violating firearms laws. If the court finds him guilty of these crimes, according to the laws of the state of Florida, he may be sentenced to death.
The attack took place on 6 January at the front of the baggage claim in Terminal 2 of airport Fort Lauderdale. The shooter, which was with the Star Wars, were detained by the police during detention of resistance he had. Esteban Santiago – a former soldier, a veteran of the fighting in Iraq – he served in the engineering troops of the National guard of Puerto Rico, and Alaska, in Iraq, spent about a year.
In 2011, Santiago returned from the Middle East, after which he needed the help of a psychiatrist, told reporters his aunt. She also noted that recently he had a child, and Esteban was happy.
The police say that this man was in the Luggage of an unloaded gun and ammunition, he presented the permit to carry weapons. After landing and baggage claim, he went to the bathroom, loaded the gun, returned to the front of the baggage claim and opened fire on the people.
The motives of the crime are established. At this stage, the investigators came to the opinion that Santiago acted alone.
The BBC website quoted the version that appeared in the American media, according to which Esteban Santiago suffers from mental illness. In particular, quoted him as saying that the government (USA) controlled his brain and forced to watch videos of jihadists.
Previously, Esteban Santiago appealed to the FBI, claiming that his «forced to fight» for the terrorist organization «Islamic state». The FBI office in anchorage (AK) tested the appeal of Santiago and came to the conclusion that it is not dangerous.
Later, FBI special agent in Miami George pyro said Esteban Santiago arrived in Fort Lauderdale from Alaska with the sole purpose «to commit the horrific attack».
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