A video obtained by TMZ shows the moment a man opened fire Friday in the baggage-claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The man – whom authorities have identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago – can be seen wearing a blue shirt walking through a baggage-claim area. The man suddenly reaches toward his waistband, pulls out a handgun, and starts shooting wildly.
Santiago, who authorities say reloaded his gun more than once before running out of ammunition and surrendering to the police, was taken into federal custody. He was charged Saturday by federal prosecutors and is expected to appear in court Monday. Thirteen people were shot, five of them fatally, at Terminal 2 in the airport.
Esteban, a National Guard veteran, was known to the FBI before the massacre, an FBI official said during a news conference Friday night.
Roughly two months before the attack, in November 2016, Santiago walked into an FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska, claiming voices in his head were telling him to join the terrorist group ISIS. The local police took him into custody in Anchorage and sent him to a medical facility for an evaluation.
Santiago, who was deployed to Iraq in 2010, had been serving in Alaska’s National Guard but received a “general discharge” in August for “unsatisfactory performance,” a lieutenant with the Alaska National Guard told CBS.
His aunt, who lives in New Jersey, told reporters Friday that Santiago had started acting strangely when he returned from Iraq. About a month ago, she said, he “lost his mind.”
“He said he saw things,” his aunt, Maria Luisa Ruiz, told reporters outside her home in Union City, New Jersey. She mentioned that he had just become a father in September.
Santiago flew Delta from Anchorage to Fort Lauderdale via Minneapolis-St. Paul on Thursday night, NBC reported. He arrived in Fort Lauderdale late Friday morning, which is when authorities say he used a gun he stored in his checked luggage to carry out the shooting.