US vet­eran ar­rested in Florida air­port shoot­ing


An US Army vet­eran, who com­plained that the gov­ern­ment was con­trol­ling his mind, drew a gun from his checked lug­gage on ar­rival at the Fort Laud­erdale Air­port and opened fire in the bag­gage claim area, killing five peo­ple and wound­ing eight, au­thor­i­ties said.

He was taken into cus­tody af­ter throw­ing his empty weapon down and ly­ing spread-ea­gle on the ground, one wit­ness said.

The gun­man was iden­ti­fied as 26-year-old Este­ban San­ti­ago of An­chor­age, Alaska, who served in Iraq with the Na­tional Guard but was de­moted and dis­charged last year for un­sat­is­fac­tory per­for­mance. His brother said he had been re­ceiv­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal treat­ment re­cently.

San­ti­ago, who is in cus­tody, will face fed­eral charges. The gun­man was ar­rested un­harmed, with no shots fired by law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, and was be­ing ques­tioned by the Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI), Sher­iff Scott Is­rael said. The air­port was shut down, with in­com­ing flights di­verted and out­go­ing flights held on the ground.

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