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Law enforcement officials have “not ruled out terrorism” as a possible motive behind Friday’s shooting rampage that killed at least 5 five people and injured 8 others at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport Friday.
Authorities identified the suspect as Esteban Santiago, 26, an Army veteran who allegedly opened fire in an airport baggage claim and was taken into custody without incident by a Broward County sheriff’s deputy, according to Sheriff Scott Israel.
Israel said Santiago was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and was “indiscriminately firing” at people in a “cowardly, heinous act.”
Santiago arrived in Fort Lauderdale early Friday aboard a Delta flight that originated Thursday in Anchorage and passed through Minneapolis, according to a federal official who is not authorized to speak publicly about the case.
The official said the suspect apparently retrieved a handgun from his checked luggage and loaded it before launching the assault.
In November, the suspect appeared unannounced in the FBI offices in Anchorage, complaining that the Islamic State had gained control of his mind and the terror group was urging him to fight on its behalf, the official said.
“His erratic behavior concerned FBI agents,” said George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami field office.
The FBI conducted a…