The accused in Friday afternoon’s shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport, is being identified as 26 year old Esteban Santiago, according to reports.
His brother, Bryan says he was born in New Jersey and moved to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico when he was two years old. The suspect served in the military, including in Iraq in 2010, but was discharged last year for “unsatisfactory performance” by the Alaska Army National Guard.
Prior to the incident he says Santiago was receiving psychological treatment while he was living in Alaska.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson says the shooter had a military ID labeled Esteban Santiago when he was arrested by police, but it’s not clear if it is legitimately his.
Florida governor Rick Scott arrived in Fort Lauderdale, and is asking everyone to pray for the families of the victims and the wounded.
Scott adds he has talked to President-elect Trump and Vice-President-elect Pence on the situation, and they have responded by promising whatever aid is needed, it will come.
However it’s not clear what kind of resources will be sent to the state, since Trump doesn’t officially take office until later this month.
The shooting happened at the airport’s Terminal 2, where it resulted in 5 dead and 8 injured.
(With files from the Associated Press)