Here’s What We Know About Esteban Santiago, The Ft. Lauderdale Shooting Suspect


Esteban Santiago has been identified as the prime suspect in the shooting at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday afternoon.

Five people were killed and at lease eight wounded when Santiago allegedly opened fire in the baggage claim area of the airport. Santiago is currently in custody being questioned by law enforcement

Here’s what we know so far about Esteban Santiago:

– He was born in New Jersey but has lived in Anchorage, Alaska since 2014

According to multiple sources, the 26-year old was born in New Jersey and was of Puerto Rican descent. He had lived in Alaska for a number of years.

Alaska Dispatch News reports:

Public records show that an Esteban Santiago, born March, 16, 1990, lived in Anchorage and applied for Alaska Permanent Fund dividends in 2015 and 2016.

He registered to vote in 2014, giving a South Anchorage address at a trailer court. And he was the defendant in a 2015 eviction case filed by Weidner Investment Services and had several motor vehicle violations.

– He had been discharged from the National Guard

ABC News reports that Santiago was a member of the Army National Guard was honorably discharged in August:

– Claimed he was “being forced” to fight for ISIS

According to reports, Santiago contacted his local FBI office and claimed he was being forced to fight for ISIS.

– He was being treated for “mental health issues”

NBC Reports:

Federal sources told NBC News the shootings did not appear to be an act of terrorism, and both federal and family sources said Santiago had some mental health issues.