Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter was prior service military

I always hate writing about these kind of events. 2017 literally just rolled in, and we are already off to a shitty start.

In case you have not been following the news lately (and if you haven’t, I can’t say that I blame you), on January 6th at 12:55 P.M, Esteban Santiago, 26, opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after de-boarding his flight and retrieving a 9mm semi-automatic handgun from his checked luggage.

5 people were killed and 8 others were taken to the hospital. Santiago has been taken into custody.


An  interesting point to make about this jackass is he’s actually prior service! He joined the Puerto Rico National Guard on December 14, 2007 as a combat engineer and later served in the Alaska Army National Guard from November 21, 2014 until receiving a general discharge in August 2016 for “unsatisfactory performance”. At that time, he was a PFC (private first class), and received a total of 10 awards during his stint in the military. His family members stated that he had become mentally ill after his tour of Iraq, and had recently received psychological treatment following a number of incidents.

He was carrying a military ID card and a Florida driver’s license when he was taken into custody Friday following the shooting, sources say.

Officials later confirmed the numbers at a press conference on Friday afternoon, saying it was unclear what the motive of the shooting was.



3 Comments Add yours

  1. GP Cox says:

    This hit too close to home – Welcome to Sunny Florida!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. AAFF says:

      Just when you thought the only thing crazy about Florida was the weather! (I used to live in Fort Lauderdale back in 2010).

      Liked by 1 person

      1. GP Cox says:

        You got out – I wish I could talk my other half into it!!


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