Fort Lauderdale airport shooter could face the death penalty

The suspected killer in the Ft. Lauderdale rampage, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, was charged on Saturday with performing an act of violence at an airport, which could earn him the death penalty if he is convicted.

Santiago was charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death and weapons charges.

Earlier, the FBI announced that Santiago apparently travelled to the airport for the purpose of carrying out the bloody rampage.

Santiago told investigators that he planned the attack, buying a one-way ticket to the Fort Lauderdale airport, a federal complaint said. Authorities don’t know why he chose his target and have not ruled out terrorism.

Terrorism may have been a “potential motivation” for the attack on Friday that killed five people, Special Agent in Charge George Piro said during a news conference.

Later in the afternoon, police in Alaska said they had returned a handgun to the Florida airport shooting suspect which was temporarily taken from him when he underwent a mental evaluation late last year, according to a Reuters report.

Anchorage Police Chief Christopher Tolley said it was not immediately clear if it was the same gun used in Friday’s deadly rampage. Officials told a news conference the gun was returned to the suspect because the Iraq war veteran had not committed a crime.

39 Responses to Fort Lauderdale airport shooter could face the death penalty

  1. Nicole Clarke
    Nicole Clarke January 8, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Barbados needs to take a leaf out of this book. When ppl do things lime this, Dont give them bail.

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  2. Hewers of wood January 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I hope they give Dylann Roof the death penalty too for killing those 9 people at the church. He was taken to burger king after the shooting for a burger.

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  3. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley January 8, 2017 at 9:50 am

    It’s what he deserves, why should anyone live when they murder even just one person – life for life

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    • Ormelita V John
      Ormelita V John January 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      maybe you need to tell your government to deprogram these young men when they return from war

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    • Dolores Huard
      Dolores Huard January 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Or better still don’t send them to war. This act in itself is inhuman!

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Ormelita V John NOT MINE i am not American

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley January 8, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Dolores Huard tell that to those who start all conflicts

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    • Dolores Huard
      Dolores Huard January 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      It’s sure not us Canadians!

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  4. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt January 8, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Some people here in Barbados needs the death penality also. This must stop. No death penality for henious crimes no vote.

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  5. Peter January 8, 2017 at 10:33 am

    And what exactly has this news item has to do with Barbados much less the Caribbean? Barbados Today should focus on what they are about. Barbados Today. not America Today.

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  6. Peter January 8, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Again, very poor reporting. How can he be “SUSPECTED KILLER” when hundreds of witnesses SAW him do the shooting? Another thing. This news item can be easily and readily accessed on at least 6 television channels, all showing live video clips of the latest developments regarding this issue.

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    • Richard Johnston January 8, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Does “accused” work better? He has not been convicted and he will probably plead insanity.

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      • Peter January 8, 2017 at 7:38 pm

        Richard. I think you are much more intelligent and can reason much better. This gruesome act was premeditated, planned and executed. Hey Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Ghadaffi, Arafat, and the whole lot were and are still being executed for things they were accused ONLY by the US government for and guess what? they were all killed. If your mother, or close family like your chjild were one of his victims would you still considere him an accused? George Bush should be executed for the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands. He lied to the world.

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        • Richard Johnston January 9, 2017 at 7:53 am

          Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Ghadafi and Arafat were not US citizens entitled under the Constitution to a trial by their peers. Arafat died of natural causes. The perpetrator in Ft. Lauderdale is different. In the Old South they used to lynch black folks without a trial when the crime was evident. Are you OK with that?

          The President of the United States has immunity from prosecution for his/her official acts. Yes, Peter, I am more intelligent and can reason better than many of the commenters here.

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          • Peter January 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

            Pray tell me Richard, what gives any one the right to go into another man’s country and kill him. Arafat was meticulously assassinated by poisoning. We all know who did it. They’re still hunting Nazis and their descendants from WWII. “accused” is a very discreet way to use amnestactical. word to use to describe this merciless killer. I get your drift though, Anything American is right. They thrive on destabilizing other countries around the world. economically and socially of course. By the way Richard, Self praise is no recommendation. Go fish somewhere else for a compliment.

          • Richard Johnston January 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

            The French government concluded in December 2013 that Arafat was not poisoned. No one is “hunting” the descendants of Nazis. “Amnestactical” is not an intelligible English word.

  7. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor January 8, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Do unto others as you deserve death

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  8. jrsmith January 8, 2017 at 11:44 am

    @ , Hewers of W, hail, hail, do you want the death penalty for this young white man , because the crime was committed at a church , what should happen to the policemen who shoot young black people ………………………………….

    Take note policeman kill young black man, streets on fire , white man kill 9 bible whackers in church, whites and blacks holding hands and signing we shall over come …

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  9. David Wyndoze
    David Wyndoze January 8, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Why even waste time with a trial?

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    • Ormelita V John
      Ormelita V John January 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      maybe you need to tell your government to deprogram these young men when they return from war so that can now function like ordianry people not as warriors

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    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      DE-program. Yes.
      How easy/difficult is it, though?
      You’re not re-writing software.

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    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      That is where
      Veterans Admin. is falling down badly

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    • Richard Johnston January 8, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Because the man is almost certainly insane and only a trial will reveal that.

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  10. Hewers of wood January 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    jrsmith – Although i fully agree with you as this is share ignorance. You will also notice in reality that there is a slap on the wrist given to some crime committers depending on their color while others are tortured for equal deeds. lets not be ignorant. Equal justice for all. There are some terrorists who have not even been brought to justice this day for their terrorist behaviors.

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  11. Marie von Lueth
    Marie von Lueth January 8, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Marion Luebbermann Hannes Lübbermann

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  12. Buddy Love
    Buddy Love January 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Terrorist

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  13. Inga Teague
    Inga Teague January 8, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    What systems are in place for war vets like this young man,so incidents such as this wouldn’t be repeated??…

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    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks January 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      None

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    • Inga Teague
      Inga Teague January 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Isn’t that sad?Young people are being thrown into those war torn countries ill-equipped to deal with the after effects.
      There’s going to come a time when “defending one’s country’s “freedom” is worth it…Mental health issues are very real.

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  14. Mhizz Goring
    Mhizz Goring January 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    That is what he needs

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  15. Margaret Allison Andrews
    Margaret Allison Andrews January 8, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Why waste time for a trial…death penalty

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    • Richard Johnston January 9, 2017 at 7:56 am

      A little matter of the Constitutional guarantee of trial by a jury of his peers. He may be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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  16. Marjorie Gibson
    Marjorie Gibson January 8, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    We have more Judges amoung us than criminals. If this was the son of one of you guys, you willbe saying, ” leave it up to God” i am not saying that what he did was right. God is the only Judge.

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  17. Anita Martin
    Anita Martin January 9, 2017 at 4:10 am

    yes why should he live wen all those innocent people are dead by his hands

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  18. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 9, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Too much guns Obama said so.

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  19. Bill January 9, 2017 at 8:39 am

    A man killed a number of persons how dear someone point to the fact that he might not be in right mind and hence should not die for the act! No way vengeance is ours not God’s! How dear you bring him into this!

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  20. Peter January 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    SAo Richard. first Bajan is not a word found in the English language either. It was meant to indicate that you were leaning towards amnesty. You know that word. Now the American made term “Ship-rider” is where American special tactical forces can enter a foreign country and conduct a covert operation Legally only in the eyes of America and her allies. and Yes Arafat was poisoned. France is a strong supporter of Israel and America. Don’t expect anything different. I am very familiar with their political behavior. I go there all too frequently. So who killed the rest of those leaders? and where? Estaban Santiago was sane enough to smuggle a gun in his luggage, buy a one-way ticket because he is smart enough to know that if he was not killed he will plead insanity. Somewhat like the mad stuff that you wrote. Oh how I wish you or someone close to you were a victim. were one of those victims. Where is the US constitution when cops kill unarmed civilians purposely? Mess with the Mafia and tell me about constitution.

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