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BLOG: Multiple dead, 8 wounded in shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport, shooter in custody

(CNN) — Five people were shot dead and eight wounded in a baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, and law enforcement sources tell CNN the suspect, identified as Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, had brought the firearm in his checked luggage.

Authorities said it was too early to understand why the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident, opened fire at the Florida airport.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told CNN that Santiago-Ruiz had a military identification card, but he did not know whether it was current.

Here’s the latest on what we know:

• Thirteen people were shot and eight were taken to hospitals, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Five others died from their wounds.

• Broward Health Medical Center officials told reporters five trauma patients were being treated. The patients were in stable condition; two victims underwent surgery Friday afternoon. The officials didn’t discuss the extent of the victim’s injuries.

• The suspect joined the National Guard in Puerto Rico in 2007. In April 2010, he went to Iraq for 10 months. A spokeswoman for the Alaska Army National Guard said Santiago-Ruiz was in the Army Reserves before he joined the guard there in November 2014. Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead said Santiago was discharged in August for unsatisfactory performance.

• One of Santiago-Ruiz’s military awards was a combat action badge.

• The suspect showed up several months ago at the FBI office in Anchorage, law enforcement officials told CNN. He was interviewed and said he was hearing voices in his head, including some telling him to join ISIS. He was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, the officials said. He voluntarily checked himself in, the officials explained.

• Santiago-Ruiz worked for a security company in Anchorage, a law enforcement source said. CNN called the company and the owner said he was working with law enforcement.

• Law enforcement sources told CNN that the suspect had declared the firearm. When he arrived at Fort Lauderdale, the suspect retrieved a bag at baggage claim, took out the gun and started firing, the sources said. One source said he went to the bathroom to get the gun out of his luggage and emerged firing.

• Santiago-Ruiz flew from Anchorage to Minneapolis and then to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Delta, a law enforcement and aviation security source told CNN.

• Israel said the gunman likely acted alone. The sheriff said it was too early to say whether terrorism was the motive.

• Gov. Rick Scott told reporters: “The citizens of Florida will not tolerate senseless acts of evil. Whoever is responsible will held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.” The governor said that now was time to mourn the dead and pray for hospitalized victims, not talk about gun laws.

• Gene Messina told CNN he’d arrived at the airport as people were being evacuated from the terminal. “I got off the plane and I saw people running and screaming,” he said. “At first I was in shock but when I saw TSA agents running, I booked.”

• The incident occurred in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2, officials said. There are four terminals at the airport, which ranks 21st in the US in terms of total passengers.

• Parts of the airport were evacuated. Aerial footage from CNN affiliates showed large groups of people standing outside on the tarmac.

• More than an hour after the shooting, tensions were still running high, a witness told CNN. “Everyone sprinted outside again. We are back out on the tarmac,” Judah Fernandez said, adding that it was unclear why people had rushed outside.

• The first call about the shooting came in at 12:55 p.m. ET.

• Most flights scheduled to land at the airport were diverted, the FAA said. The airport had not resumed operations by 7 p.m ET. Passengers were being allowed to leave in the evening, but no one was allowed inside the terminals.

• In November 2016, nearly 2.5 million travelers passed through Fort Lauderdale’s airport, according to a government report on the facility.

• The airport serves about 30 airlines. Many passengers use it because of its convenience to nearby cruise ship terminals.

This is a developing situation and will be updated as new information is made available.

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(CNN) – Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that five people were killed at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Israel said the suspect shot at least 13 people. Eight people were being treated at area hospitals, Israel said.

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Esteban Santiago was formerly
a member of the Alaska Army National Guard and left the organization in August 2016. He is no longer a member of our organization.

-Joined the Puerto Rico National Guard Dec. 14, 2007

-Deployed to Iraq with Puerto Rico National Guard April 23, 2010 to February 19, 2011

-Was in the Army Reserves prior to joining the Alaska Army National Guard Nov. 21, 2014

-Received a general discharge from the Alaska Army National Guard Aug. 16, 2016 for unsatisfactory
performance

-He was a combat engineer (MOS: 21B10)

-When he was discharged, his military rank was E3 (Private First Class)

-Esteban Santiago was a
traditional Soldier in HHT, 297th CAV (Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 297th
Cavalry) in Fairbanks, Alaska, prior to his discharge. Traditional Guardsmen
typically work one weekend a month and participate in an additional 15 days of
training each year.

Best,

CANDIS A. OLMSTEAD, Lt Col,
AKANG

Director, Public Affairs

Alaska National Guard

Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs

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Esteban Santiago was formerly
a member of the Alaska Army National Guard and left the organization in August 2016. He is no longer a member of our organization.

-Joined the Puerto Rico National Guard Dec. 14, 2007

-Deployed to Iraq with Puerto Rico National Guard April 23, 2010 to February 19, 2011

-Was in the Army Reserves prior to joining the Alaska Army National Guard Nov. 21, 2014

-Received a general discharge from the Alaska Army National Guard Aug. 16, 2016 for unsatisfactory
performance

-He was a combat engineer (MOS: 21B10)

-When he was discharged, his military rank was E3 (Private First Class)

-Esteban Santiago was a traditional Soldier in HHT, 297th CAV (Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 297th Cavalry) in Fairbanks, Alaska, prior to his discharge. Traditional Guardsmen typically work one weekend a month and participate in an additional 15 days of training each year.

Best,

CANDIS A. OLMSTEAD, Lt Col, AKANG

Director, Public Affairs

Alaska National Guard

Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs

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