Published on : Saturday, January 7, 2017
Passengers at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida had to witness a traumatised event after five people were killed and eight more were injured in a shooting inside the airport premises on Friday, 6th January. The authorities took a suspect into custody after the tragic event.
According to a Broward County commissioner, the gunman got down from a flight that arrived from Canada and his checked-in luggage had a gun in it. But the Washington DC-Canadian embassy informed that the jet took off from Anchorage in Alaska before reaching Florida via Minneapolis. The county commissioner Chip LaMarca informed that the gunman got the gun out of his luggage, which was possibly a 9 mm handgun, and loaded it in the bathroom before shooting the victims.
As per the TSA rules, passengers can carry firearms in the check-in luggage after unloading and storing it inside locked container. Also, the passenger must inform the airline about the firearm during the checking of the luggage.
The sheriff of Broward County, Scott Israel stated that it was too early to say whether it was a terror attack or not. He also added that the law enforcement officials did not shoot the gunman and he was being interviewed by FBI agents and the sheriff’s office.
Although the sheriff’s office did not reveal any information about the gunman, but anonymous sources revealed that the 26-year-old suspect Esteban Santiago is a veteran and he served in Iraq.
The senator of Florida, Bill Nelson later named the man and informed that the man had a military ID with him but the authorities could not say whether it was an accurate ID or not.
Bryan Santiago, the brother of the suspect, informed that he was being treated for some kind of psychological problems in Alaska.
The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, termed the airport shooting as “a senseless act of evil”.
He also added that whoever is responsible for the shooting, would be held accountable to the full extent of the law and the law enforcement of Florida would not tolerate evil acts.
The President-elect of US, Donald Trump wrote in social media platform Twitter that he was monitoring the terrible situation in Florida and he also spoke to the Governor Scott.
In June 2016, another shooting incident at Pulse nightclub in Orlando claimed lives of 49 people. The latest shooting incident only showed that nothing has changed and the country needs to act on gun-control as quickly as possible.