Saturday, January 7, 2017

FBI not ruling out Islamic terrorism by Fort Lauderdale shooter Esteban Santiago, obsessed with ISIS, gone AWOL, child porn watcher


I decided to hold out from doing a post on this story because when these shooter incidents happen, the initial reports are always wrong. 
In the first few hours of this case the media stayed clear from the terrorism angle instead preferring to classify the shooter as a man who snapped from the horrors of war.  That may still be the case but Islamic radicalization is still on the table.   

Daily Mail reports the suspected gunman who authorities believe shot dead five people and injured eight after opening fire in Fort Lauderdale International airport had gone AWOL several times while serving in the military and was investigated for child pornography, authorities have said.

Esteban Santiago, a 26-year-old Iraq war veteran, was taken into custody and was pictured in handcuffs Saturday as police led him to the Broward County Main Jail, where he is held on suspicion of murder. Police believe he flew out of Anchorage, Alaska on a 9:52 pm Delta flight and checked his gun during the flight. Santiago loaded his gun in the airport bathroom before silently shooting victims in the baggage claim area in Terminal 2 on Friday about 1 pm, officials said.

The Army vet was getting psychological treatment, according to his brother, who said he didn't know precisely what the captured man was getting treated for. His family also said Santiago had been acting strangely after returning from Iraq.

FBI investigators have not ruled out terrorism as a reason for the attack, a special agent at the bureau's office in Miami said Saturday. They were set to pursue 'every angle' to try to determine the motive behind the deadly attack.  

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