REPORT: FLL Terrorist Tied to ISIS

Esteban Santiago, suspect in FLL Attack

On Friday afternoon, a man, now identified as Esteban Santiago, walked into a restroom at Fort Lauderdale Airport, unpacked a gun he had checked into his luggage, loaded it, exited, and started shooting people in baggage claim. Five of the thirteen people shot are dead. Reports say that Santiago was born in 1977 and had previously lived in New Jersey. He is an American citizen who was living in Anchorage, Alaska from 2014 – 2016.

While the investigation is still ongoing and no direct connection to terrorism has been announced by authorities, CBS News reports that a source informed them that Santiago walked into the FBI office in Anchorage in November 2016 and told them he was being forced to fight for ISIS. He was sent to a psychiatric ward after his admission.

There was no further explanation on how he was being forced to fight for ISIS or why. CBS did confirm the identity of Esteban Santiago with an image from law enforcement.

According to FOX News’ Jennifer Griffin, Santiago had been a member of the Alaska Army National Guard but was given a general discharge in August 2016. The ID he was carrying identified him as an active member of the military though he was not.

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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