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FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT SHOOTING

I am at a total loss on this one. Why? Why shoot innocent people? In an airport at that? I just don't understand what is going on in the world. For those of you who don't know what I am speaking of, I am talking about the shooting that took place this afternoon in Fort Lauderdale Airport. It happened in the baggage claim area. Which means, his baggage was checked. Before I start firing off questions, let me give you a run-down on the events.

Suspect: Esteban Santiago
Age: 26

Bio: Santiago served in the U.S. military, first in the Puerto Rico Army National Guard in 2007, according to the Department of Defense. He was deployed to Iraq in April 2010 as a combat engineer and returned to the U.S. in early 2011. In November 2014, after moving to Alaska, he joined the Alaska National Guard. Santiago was honorably discharged four months ago, according to ABC News.

Facts: (Credit to CNN)
• Thirteen people were shot and eight were taken to hospitals, Five people died from their wounds.
• 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 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. (CNN)
• One of Santiago's military awards was a combat action badge. (CNN)
• 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 (sick). He was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, the officials said. He voluntarily checked himself in, the officials explained.
• A senior federal law enforcement official told CNN the visit came in November and Santiago reported his mind was being controlled by a US intelligence agency. Santiago said he didn't want to harm anyone but was erratic and made disjointed statements. The FBI interviewed family members and checked with other agencies and in databases before closing its investigation.
Some friends of Santiago accompanied him to the FBI office, law enforcement sources said.
Fort Lauderdale airport shooting
Photos: Fort Lauderdale airport shooting
• Santiago 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 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.
• Some passengers were stuck on arriving planes for more than six hours before they were allowed off Friday night.
• 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."

Now, there is more to this story, it is said that the suspect was being prosecuted for strangling the mother of his child back in Alaska where he resides. After opening fire and running out of bullets, I guess the suspect had a change of mind and realized that he was not going to make it out alive, so he laid the gun down on the ground afterwards and laid face down beside it while police arrived on the scene.

I am at a complete loss. How did he get through the check points? How was the gun not detected? What was his motive? Was this a terrorist attack? It was also spoken that Esteban had gotten into an argument with another passenger, did this set him off? Or was he coming to Florida with a loaded gun to carry out other plans and got distracted at the airport? What was his reason for coming to Florida? Is there others that he traveled with whom have not been identified as of yet? Was he planning to meet someone in Florida? If so, who? What was his purpose for these attacks?

Someone please help me understand this? This world needs love, patience, and empathy for one other or else we are all doomed.  




Below are the scenes from the chaos