Death penalty sought for airport killer

Florida airport shooting suspect, Esteban Santiago, potentially faces the death penalty from prosecutors investigating the case. It’s still not confirmed what the motivation behind the massacre was but investigators say they can’t rule out terrorism.

“Today’s charges represent the gravity of the situation and reflect the commitment of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel to continually protect the community and prosecute those who target our residents and visitors,” U.S Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said. (Source: AP)

The suspect, Esteban Santiago, 26, is now in custody.


The 26 year old had been on a flight from Alaska to Florida prior to arrival at Fort Lauderdale. For those closest to Santiago, news of his arrest and charges have come as a shock. Reports are surfacing however that he may have had an argument with a fellow passenger while still in the air prior to landing.

The scene as officer take the suspect into custody (Photo: Fernand Pascoal)


His uncle, Brian, told reporters at CBS Miami Local that “We have not talked for the past three weeks. “That’s a bit unusual… I’m in shock. He was a serious person… he was a normal person.

It’s alleged that in November he walked into an FBI field office and told officials the United States government was controlling his mind. He also added he believed the government was forcing him to watch Islamic State propaganda videos on the internet.

It is legal to transport registered firearms on board domestic US flights provided they are properly and securely stored.

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