Over the past few years the number of shootings in the US has risen to the point where it's getting far too close to home. After an anxious couple of hours trying to track down a close personal friend and son flying to Ft. Lauderdale yesterday, I'm happy to know they were safely diverted to another airport.
Here is what CNN had to say about yesterday's shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. Oh, and if you're in Ft. Lauderdale right now, make sure you get in contact with your friends and family to let them know you're safe.
Fort Lauderdale airport shooter 'came here specifically' to attack, FBI says
(CNN)[Breaking news alert, posted at 11:01 a.m. ET Saturday]
The suspected gunman who opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport "came here specifically to carry out this horrific attack," Miami FBI Special Agent George Piro said Saturday. "We have not identified any triggers that would have caused this attack," he said.
[Breaking news alert, posted at 10:55 a.m. ET Saturday]
Authorities "continue to look at the terrorism angle" as a possible motive for the shooting rampage that left five people dead at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Miami FBI Special Agent George Piro said Saturday. "We have not ruled out anything," he said. "We continue to look at all avenues, all motives."
[Previous story, posted at 6:26 a.m. ET Saturday]
Esteban Santiago went to baggage claim Friday afternoon and picked up his one piece of checked luggage.
There were no other bags, just a case with a handgun inside.
Santiago -- who just a few months ago reportedly had a mental evaluation after a bizarre visit to an FBI office in Alaska -- allegedly took the gun out of its case and fired at other passengers, killing five and wounding eight others.
The shooting sent the terminal into chaos, with people running for cover. They started running again when rumors of more gunshots and a possible second shooter spread through busy Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Almost 40 more people would get hurt in the rushed evacuation after the attack. Some suffered sprains and bruises; others had broken bones.
Here's what we know about the deadly shooting and what officials have said about the suspect.
Who is Esteban Santiago?
The man suspected of killing five people Friday at Fort Lauderdale's airport is identified as Esteban Santiago, according to multiple law enforcement officials.
Santiago didn't resist when he was taken into custody, Broward
County Sheriff Scott Israel said. According to his booking information, Santiago is being held without bond on a murder charge.
The 26-year-old lives in Alaska, where he was a security guard...
read more here: CNN news story