There’s a lot of confusion at the current moment. The latest breaking Tweets on the FLL shootings exhibit confusion and should be taken as tentative. Scroll below the story to see them.
Esteban Santiago, 26, of Anchorage, Alaska, has been identified as the gunman who opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday.
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca wrote on Facebook that Santiago landed at the airport after a flight. Santiago checked a handgun in his luggage and retrieved it at the Terminal 2 baggage claim, LaMaca wrote, adding that he loaded the gun in a bathroom then came out and opened fire. NBC News, citing law enforcement officials, confirmed LaMarca’s story.
Santiago was taken alive into custody. Five people were killed and eight people were wounded by Santiago, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.
Santiago was born in New Jersey, according to NBC News, and was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. ABC News reports Santiago joined the National Guard in early 2016 and was honorably discharged approximately four months ago.
Santiago had lived in Anchorage since 2014, according to Alaskan court records. Those records show a criminal record there for minor traffic infractions including operating a vehicle without insurance and a broken taillight. Records also show his landlord evicted him for non-payment of rent in February 2015.
In January 2016, Santiago was charged with two misdemeanor crimes: one count of fourth-degree assault and another for damage of property over $50. According to a spokesperson from the Anchorage Police department the incident was related to domestic violence.
The case was resolved in March when Santiago entered into a deferred prosecution agreement, an alternative to adjudication where a state prosecutor dismissed the charges in exchange for Esteban’s completion of requirements that are unknown.
Obviously, this person is not white, although the term white has been used to describe him:
As you can see the next Tweet seems to show a different person, while claiming he’s Pakistani. I don’t believe any of the Tweets from this point to the end of the post, but offer them here for informational purposes. There’s no credible evidence I’ve seen that the shooter or shooters are Muslims.
There’s no confirmed evidence yet that the shooter was a Muslim, as stated in this next Tweet:
There’s also no confirmed evidence as of this writing that there was more than one shooter:
There’s also nothing to indicate a motive that I’ve seen.
Heavy provides some facts about the shooter, but nothing definitive not covered here other than that he’s Puerto Rican.
Heavy discounts the claim of any additional gunmen. I’ve also not seen any claims that the gunman yelled “Allahu Akbar,” the trademark of Muslim terrorists.
More later as new information is developed by police and Twitter sleuths.