The world was shocked after an Iraq War veteran took to the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday and shot down five people. Identified as Esteban Santiago, the 26-year-old is currently in custody where he was taken following the fatal shootings. A report issued by George Piro, who is a special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Miami, Santiago is being questioned at length and he’s expected to face federal charges over the shooting rampage.
A statement released by the authorities points out that Santiago had suffered from psychological problems, adding that his mind was being controlled. A report issued by a federal law enforcement official said that back in November, the Iraq veteran had previously entered an FBI office in Anchorage where he behaved erratically and turned over to local police, the officers took him to a mental facility for mental examination.
Santiago told the FBI agents that his mind was being controlled by a US intelligence agency who were forcing him to watch videos that the ISIS terrorist group had made.
A report issued by the Press TV points out that authorities said that Santiago, who was an Iraq veteran had suffered from psychological problems and had previously complained that the US government was controlling his mind. The Iraq veteran pulled out a semi-automatic handgun from his checked bag and started firing indiscriminately shortly after arriving in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from Alaska.
“After he claimed his bag, he went into the bathroom and loaded the gun and started shooting,” Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said.
A statement from one witness revealed that Santiago kept shooting until he ran out of ammunition from his semi-automatic handgun. Since the attack was unleashed, the airport remains closed and planes scheduled to land there have been diverted to other airports in Florida.
“This is a senseless act of evil,” Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters.
The White House spokesman made a statement in which he points out that President Barack Obama had addressed Scott and other state officials.