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Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

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Sydney Mumm, Journalist

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Five people were shot and killed at the Fort-Lauderdale Airport in Florida shortly before 1 p.m. on January 6th 2017, by 26 year old Esteban Santiago, who is a 10 year Iraq War veteran.

Originally Santiago was going to take a flight to New York, but canceled last minute and took a one-way flight to Florida from Minneapolis. The reason for switching flights is unknown; however, investigators believe that he switched his flight to Florida to visit his brother, who lives in Florida. It is unknown the reason for travel in the first place. Once arriving at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Santiago went into the bathroom, where he loaded his gun. He came out of the bathroom and walked for awhile before firing off his gun. 37 more people were injured in the chaos that happened after the shooting occurred.

Santiago was a security guard who was living in Alaska. He served in the US Army Reserve and the Alaska Army National Guard in 2010-2011. After being in Iraq, he came back “a changed man,” according to his aunt and brother. He claimed that he was hearing voices and having visions all the time. Two months ago, in November of 2016, he voluntarily went to the Anchorage FBI and claimed that his mind was being controlled by the US intelligence, and having terroristic thoughts, believing he was influenced by ISIS. During that time, the FBI took away his gun and made him take a mental health evaluation, but was told he wasn’t mentally defective, so he was given back his gun, which was the same gun he used to murder five people at the Fort Lauderdale Airport on Friday January 6th.

13 total people were considered victims, which includes the five who were shot and killed. Only names of four of the five victims who were killed have been released.

Victims include:

Screen Shot via CNN, Terry Andres

 

 

 

-Terry Andres, 62, who was going to Fort Lauderdale with his wife for a cruise for his daughters birthday and his 63rd birthday. His wife was uninjured.

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot via CNN, Michael Oehme

 

 

 

-Michael Oehme, 57, was traveling with his wife to go on a high-seas adventure, his wife was shot in the shoulder but is recovering from the wound well

Screen Shot via CNN, Shirley Timmons

 

 

 

-Shirley Timmons, 70, was traveling with her 70 year old husband. They were married 51 years and were high-school sweethearts who met in 8th grade. He was shot but only injured and is in recovery in the hospital.

 

Screen Shot via CNN, Olga Woltering

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Olga Woltering, 84 great-grandmother, was traveling with her husband to go on a cruise in Florida. Husband is in the hospital with small injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minneapolis Airport have taken more measures to add security before the baggage checking. Santiago legally had his gun checked into his bag upon arriving at the Minneapolis Airport. He arrived at the Fort Lauderdale airport and went to bagged claim, where he picked up his bag,  then went into the bathroom in terminal two and loaded his gun, then fired shots near the baggage claim. Airports that are increased in size such as the Minneapolis Airport, Philadelphia, Tampa, and San Diego, have increased security in areas known as the “soft spots” of the airport, which would be places such as the baggage claim area, and the check in areas.

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