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Ft Lauderdale shooting suspect Esteban Santiago was admitted to mental facility after strange encounter with FBI

January 6, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ft Lauderdale shooting suspect Esteban Santiago was admitted to mental facility after strange encounter with FBI

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Esteban Santiago, the suspect responsible for Friday’s mass casualty shooting which sparked fear and panic at Fort Lauderdale Airport, was admitted to a mental hospital after he had a bizarre encounter with the FBI, according to a report.

CBS News revealed that 26-year-old Santiago reportedly went to the FBIs field office in Anchorage, Alaska last year to report alleged abuse at the hands of the United States government.

The veteran of the Iraqi War reportedly told the FBI that the government planted thoughts in his mind and forced him to watch ISIS videos.

Federal agents were so alarmed at Santiago’s comments, they took him to a mental facility for treatment, sources said.

The New Jersey-born native, who lived in Alaska, was no stranger to federal law enforcement officials.The FBI first contacted Esteban after a former employer raised concerns over comments he had previously made.

Family members said Santiago began acting strangely after returning from a tour in Iraq as a military reservist.

“Like a month ago, it was like he lost his mind. He said he saw things,” Maria Ruiz, the aunt of Esteban Santiago, told NJ.com.

Officials said Santiago had just flown into Ford Lauderdale from Anchorage. After claiming his luggage at Terminal 2, he had gone into a bathroom, loaded his weapon, and came out firing around 1 p.m. on Friday.

According to eyewitness reports, Santiago began shooting people at close range before reloading his weapon.

The accused shooter surrendered to police once he ran out of ammo, NBC News reported.

Authorities said Santiago had a concealed weapons permit and carried a military I.D. at the time of his arrest.

Police reported five people killed in the gunfire while another eight were taken to local area hospitals with serious injuries.

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