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Esteban Santiago scheduled for court appearance in mass shooting at Ft Lauderdale Airport

January 9, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Esteban Santiago scheduled for court appearance in mass shooting at Ft Lauderdale Airport

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Esteban Santiago, the Iraq war veteran accused in the mass fatal shooting that killed five people and injured another six at a crowded baggage claim at a Fort Lauderdale airport, will make his first court appearance.

The 26-year-old shooting suspect is scheduled to appear Monday morning in Fort Lauderdale Federal Court.

Santiago, who is from Anchorage, Alaska, is charged with weapons violations and airport violence, which, if found guilty could see him face the death penalty.

Monday’s initial court hearing will focus on guaranteeing Esteban Santiago has retained proper legal representation and setting a schedule for the case, The Associated Press reported.

Santiago has remained in custody on no bail since his arrest for the mass shooting after he opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Terminal 2 on Friday.

He arrived in Florida on a one-way ticket from Alaska with a handgun in his checked bag.

The FBI said after getting off the flight, he retrieved his bag, went into an airport bathroom, loaded his weapon and emerged firing.

According to a federal complaint, Santiago told FBI interrogators he planned the attack. However, federal investigators haven’t established a motive and are not ruling out terrorism.

“We have not identified any triggers that would have caused this attack. We’re pursuing all angles on what prompted him to carry out this horrific attack,” FBI Agent George Piro said.

Justice Department officials said prosecutors would seek the death penalty in the case.

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