Fort Lauderdale Suspected Shooter Identified As Esteban Santiago

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Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson identified a suspected shooter at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as Esteban Santiago.

Nelson told reporters authorities were able to identify the suspected shooter as Santiago based on a military ID he was carrying, though the senator did say the ID could belong to someone else.

However, there’s no one with Santiago’s name or date of birth in several Florida public databases.

Reports came whirling in Friday of an active shooter around the airport’s baggage claim area in Terminal 2. So far, five people are confirmed dead and eight others have been hospitalized.

Police took Santiago into custody, but the Transportation Security Administration tweeted out a warning of another active shooter around 2:30 p.m.

President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted out his “thoughts and prayers” to all those affected by the event.

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