Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting: 5 dead and 8 wounded in gunfire by US veteran

An Army veteran who served in Iraq with the National Guard, opened fire on Friday at Ford Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, killing five people and injuring eight others in a bloody shooting rampage.

The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago. He was found with a military ID and is currently being questioned by the FBI.

The incident occurred in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2, as passengers collecting their luggage were interrupted by the alleged gunman.

“People started kind of screaming and trying to get out of any door they could or hide under the chairs,” the witness, Mark Lea, told MSNBC. “He just kind of continued coming in, just randomly shooting at people, no rhyme or reason to it.”

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Santiago had walked into the FBI office in Anchorage in November to say that the U.S. government was controlling his mind and making him watch Islamic State videos.

Santiago was sent by the FBI to a mental hospital and a subsequent investigation turned up no evidence that he had connections to any foreign terrorist organisation, the source said.