First responders secure the area outside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport after a shooting took place near the baggage claim

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The suspect was taken into custody unhurt, police mentioned

A suspect is in custody in Florida after a person opened hearth at Fort Lauderdale airport, killing 5 individuals and wounding eight others.

The suspect is believed to be 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, an Iraq warfare veteran.

The motive is below investigation, however officers mentioned he most likely acted alone.

US media mentioned the person might need been mentally disturbed. He reportedly mentioned the federal government was controlling his thoughts and made him watch jihadist movies.

The attacker opened hearth on the baggage declare space of Terminal 2 as passengers had been accumulating their baggage. Witnesses mentioned he walked alongside the carousals and didn’t say something as he shot individuals as they tried to run or conceal.

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The suspect was a former member of the Puerto Rico and Alaska Nationwide Guard

He surrendered to police when he ran out of ammunition, witnesses added.

The person, who was carrying a Star Wars T-shirt, had travelled from Alaska, officers mentioned, and checked in an unloaded gun and ammunition along with his baggage. He loaded the weapon within the rest room after touchdown and accumulating his bag.

He was arrested unhurt, Sheriff Scott Israel mentioned. “At this level, it seems like he acted alone,” he mentioned.

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A whole lot of individuals had been compelled to attend on the airport tarmac for police to clear the terminal

The suspect was in possession of a navy ID which instructed he was a former member of the Puerto Rico and Alaska Nationwide Guard. He served in Iraq from April 2010 to February 2011, and ended his service in August 2016, based on the Pentagon.

US media reported that he acquired a common discharge from the Alaska Nationwide Guard for unsatisfactory efficiency.

An unnamed official instructed AP information company that he walked into the FBI workplace in his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, in November to say that the US authorities was controlling his thoughts and making him watch movies from so-called Islamic State (IS).

Brokers questioned him and known as police, who took him for a psychological well being analysis, AP added. The official quoted mentioned Mr Santiago didn’t seem intent on hurting anybody.

His brother mentioned he had been receiving psychological therapy lately.

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Individuals took cowl behind automobiles parked exterior the terminal

Flying with firearms is authorized within the US so long as the weapons are stored in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage solely, below guidelines of the Transport Security Administration (TSA). Ammunition is allowed solely in checked baggage.

The assault was the newest in a collection of mass shootings within the US lately, carried out by individuals who mentioned they had been impressed by jihadist teams, loners or mentally disturbed, who had easy accessibility to weapons below US gun legal guidelines.

Final 12 months, within the worst taking pictures in current US historical past, a person, apparently impressed by IS, killed 49 individuals at a homosexual nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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