Fort Lauderdale shooting suspect behind bars

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BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The lone gunman suspected of killing five people and wounding eight others Friday at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport is now behind bars.

26-year-old Esteban Ruiz Santiago was lodged in the Broward County Jail as of Saturday.

A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday between the airport’s terminal one and two  with special agent in charge of the Miami Division George Piro and Sheriff Scott Israel.

The FBI is now the lead into this investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

As for the victims, their names have not yet been released pending notification of their next of kin.


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  • steve

    There’ll be a lot of talk about how this gut’s past behavior should have been addressed long before this happened. That’s probably correct. and some people dropped the ball for sure. However, at the time this incident occurred, he knew exactly what he was doing. Five innocent people died, and the lives of others shattered. If the guy’s got a death wish, accommodate him, and if he doesn’t, do it anyway.

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