WTH: Ft. Lauderdale Shooter Faces No Terrorism Charges In Indictment?

WTH: Ft. Lauderdale Shooter Faces No Terrorism Charges In Indictment?

On January 6, 2017 Esteban Santiago-Ruiz open fired on Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport after arriving from a flight from Anchorage, AK. He retrieved his legally transported firearm from his checked luggage, loaded the gun in the bathroom, then proceeded to open fire as he left the restroom, killing 5 people and injuring 6 others. After carrying out the attack, Santiago claimed that the shooting was inspired by videos and chat rooms affiliated with the Islamic State extremist group. Despite these statements, none of the charges brought against him are terror-related... what?!

Santiago laid down on the airport floor after the shooting and was arrested. F.B.I confirmed that the shooter believed he was the subject of C.I.A mind-control experiments. Santiago reportedly visited an F.B.I office in Anchorage to complain about hearing voices and other side effects of these alleged experiments in 2016.

Prior to the shooting, Santiago had walked into the FBI office in Anchorage in November to say that the government was controlling his mind and making him watch videos by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group. FBI agents questioned Santiago and then called the police. He was then taken into police custody and forced to complete a brief stay in a local mental hospital. The Walther PPS used in the attack was confiscated for a short period before being returned when he was released from the hospital. He was released despite complaints that he was suffering from PTSD caused by his time serving in Iraq. F.B.I agents claim he did not make any indications that he was involved with any form of ISIS propaganda during his visit with them (Uh huh, sure). They claim he made no assertions that he was inspired by ISIS until after the shooting.

Santiago claims that he was in touch with fellow jihadis before the shooting. He states that they shared plans and discussed strategy for attack, though no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The F.B.I has also has doubts on whether or not his assertions that he was in contact with ISIS are true.

Santiago is being held without bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday before United States Magistrate Judge Barry L. Seltzer in Fort Lauderdale.