Florida Shooter Had Been Sent To A Mental Hospital Over "ISIS Ties", Was Investigated For Child Porn

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As more details emerge about the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter, Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, 26, who on Friday afternoon opened fire at the baggage claim area at the airport, killing 5 and wounding 8, we start to get a detailed glimpse not only into his past, but his numerous recent interactions with authorities.

Esteban Santiago, the suspected shooter at Ft. Lauderdale Airport on Jan. 6, 2017

According to law enforcement officials, Santiago was found with an active military ID and is an American citizen, born in New Jersey. Previous known addresses include Penuelas, Puerto Rico and Anchorage, Alaska.

They add that in November 2016, just two months ago, he walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming that the government had "forced him to watch ISIS videos" and to fight for ISIS. According to a slightly different narrative presented by CNN, source said that Santiago was hearing voice telling him to join the Islamic State. Ultimately he was sent to a psychiatric hospital.

AP confirms that Santiago's brother said the suspect had been receiving psychological treatment while living in Alaska. Bryan Santiago told The Associated Press that his family got a call in recent months from 26-year-old Esteban Santiago's girlfriend alerting them to the situation.

Bryan Santiago said he didn't know what his brother was being treated for and that they never talked about it over the phone. He said Esteban Santiago was born in New Jersey but moved to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico when he was 2 years old.

He said Esteban Santiago grew up in the southern coastal town of Penuelas and served with the island's National Guard for a couple of years. He was deployed to Iraq in 2010 and spent a year there as a combat engineer with the 130th Engineer Battalion, the 1013th engineer company out of Aguadilla, according to Puerto Rico National Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Dahlen.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida said that the gunman was carrying a military ID that identified him as Esteban Santiago, but that it was unclear whether the ID was his. Nelson gave no further information on the suspect.

As CBS adds, in 2011 or 2012, Santiago was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations for child porn. Three weapons and a computer were seized, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute, according to law enforcement sources. Santiago also has a record for minor traffic violations and was evicted in 2015 for not paying rent.

Furthermore, AP notes that according to a  military spokeswoman Santiago received a general discharge from the Alaska Army National Guard last year for unsatisfactory performance.

Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead did not release details about 26-year-old Esteban Santiago's discharge in August 2016. Olmstead said that he joined the Guard in November 2014.

Puerto Rico National Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Dahlen said that Santiago was deployed to Iraq in 2010 and spent a year there with the 130th Engineer Battalion, the 1013th engineer company out of Aguadilla. Olmstead also said that Santiago had served in the Army Reserves prior to joining the Alaska Army National Guard.

Previously, a spokeswoman from the Canadian Embassy says the suspect in the shooting at the international airport in Fort Lauderdale has no connection to the country and did not fly to Florida from there. Embassy spokeswoman Christine Constantin said in an email to The Associated Press that the suspect did not travel from Canada and was not on an Air Canada flight. She says the suspect has no connection to Canada.

The shooting happened at the airport's terminal 2, where Air Canada and Delta operate flights. Five were killed and eight wounded. Constantin's email says, "We understand from officials he was on a flight originating in Anchorage, transiting through Minneapolis and landing in Ft. Lauderdale."

Meanwhile, authorities are looking into what event may have set off the unstable Santiago.

Law enforcement sources said the suspected gunman in a deadly attack at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport got into an argument during his flight from Alaska to Florida. They’re now investigating whether that’s what set off a shooting rampage CBS reports.

Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, 26, took a flight from Alaska to Florida Friday with a stop in Minnesota, officials said. Somewhere along the way, he got into an argument.

According to Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, Santiago-Ruiz arrived from a flight with a gun that he checked in. “He claimed his bag and took the gun from baggage and went into the bathroom to load it. Came out shooting people in baggage claim,” LaMarca said.

Earlier reports claimed Santiago-Ruiz came in on a flight from Canada. On the company’s Twitter account, Air Canada confirmed that no one by that name was on their flight. Air Canada flights arrive to Terminal 2, where the shooting took place.

Police were able to apprehend the suspect without having to fire their own weapons when he apparently ran out of bullets.

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ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

was his gun purchased legally?

Save_America1st's picture

MK Ultra programming and loads of SSRI's along with inferior IQ will do that to ya, buddy. 

just sayin'

greenskeeper carl's picture

You beat me to it. What SSRI was he on? I would bet a paycheck he was either taking one, or had just stopped.

Save_America1st's picture

it's the voices...it's the voices...it's the voices...it's the voices...

kliguy38's picture

tooo fochin funny......BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.....watta country

VD's picture

100% he a registered democrat too...

tazs's picture
tazs (not verified) VD Jan 6, 2017 6:40 PM

The USG thinks we're all stupid. So they keep feeding us this BS.

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) tazs Jan 6, 2017 6:42 PM

Could you feed muh some Biblicism Institute BS?

Give muh that old time religion. It's good enough for muh.

The_Juggernaut's picture

All the unarmed motherfuckers getting shot by the cops and this asshole walks away from it?  lmfao

Richard Chesler's picture

Add one more to Obongo's legacy.

beemasters's picture

You can tell real terrorists from fake ones only when they start targeting their problems: politicians (and possibly families).

False flag events only victimize innocent people to gain public support for more military interventions and/or increased spending on intelligence.

Joe Mama 3's picture

soft targets- gov. scam !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SixIsNinE's picture

after all the FF's & hoaxes - let's just stop a second.   I just read the writeup by the AP.  I looked through all 45 photos released and they

all have the same look of a drill.  No blood anywhere.  Lots of good action shots by the LEOs and huddled pedestrians...

now i'm not saying it wasn't real ,  yet - are there any videos of actual shooting/blood ?  Remember Zeros, drills of live active shooters are a dime a dozen these days.  Everybody gets Big Goob grant money for these things.   There is MILLIONS sloshing around to conduct these drills.      (side note : the "dylan roof" character is being paraded around now and he is reported to have a script telling the court that he is of sound psychological fitness - ooh, the drama )

here is the key takeaway :   he had checked his gun as is required.  

the article posted here on ZH ends before the key takeaway of the AP article : 

.... "The bloodshed is likely to raise questions of whether aviation safety officials need to change the rules.

The attack also exposed another weak point in airport security: While travelers have to take off their shoes, put their carry-on luggage through X-ray machines and pass through metal detectors to reach the gates, many other sections of airports, such as ticket counters and baggage claim areas, are more lightly secured and more vulnerable to attack" ...

"He threw the gun down and laid spread-eagle on the ground until the officer came up to him," Lea said.  The gunman was arrested unharmed, with no shots fired by law enforcement officers, and was being questioned by the FBI, Sheriff Scott Israel said."

 - oh, by the way, Juggernaut, it's good to have you here in the Zero Lounge, Biitch !  :)



Raffie's picture

So it was WORK PLACE VIOLENCE again or was it RUSSIA!

Maybe the Spanish Inquisition.

SoDamnMad's picture

Russia is near Alaska. Clapper alledges they beamed ISIS brain waves across the strait causing him to hear voices.

ebear's picture

"Maybe the Spanish Inquisition."

Yeah, nobody expects them.

PureLove's picture

I wasn't expecting the Spanish Inquisition...

Doña K's picture

Maybe he was being set-up for this and when he alerted the FBI, of course they said he was mental. Who knows?

RAT005's picture

I bet the Democraps had a sigh of relief when they first saw his spanish name, but ooops, someone managed to weave ISIS into this story as well.

stizazz's picture

Good observation. ISIS this, ISIS that. How do you really spell ISIS?


Amalgamated Tang's picture

If Obama had a son, that's what he would look like.


If Obama had a son, this is what he would act like, after some pizza with walnut sauce. 

Joe Mama 3's picture

nigga lick that map off my hanky you found !!!!!!!!!

Handful of Dust's picture

So bottom line:

Is he a McShame backed moderate isis terrorist ... or ... a Hillary Clinton backed extreme isis terrorist?

gladih8r's picture

Are you saying he was suffering from Mossadisis?


InternetToughGuy's picture

You are correct. Mossad's title translated to English is: Israeli Secret Intelligence Service; ISIS


Resistance Is Hope's picture

I personally find the biblicism institute very spiritually helpful and well written. Mockery is the lazy and/or foolish man's argument.

OverTheHedge's picture

Now that, Sir,was a very fine piece of sarcasm. Well played.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"Give muh that old time religion"

Yeeah, c'mon Tazamaspaza; whea's R fuckin' Bible quote for the day?

C'mon, Nigguh, spitit out!

FireBrander's picture

Obviously nuts years ago...GIVEN BACK HIS GUNS by the FBI?...and fell off the the FBI's radar?

How fucking hard would it be monitor the guys facebook, twitter, social media accounts? You know he's going to be posting some crazy shit at some point.

"Homeland Security"...so fucking laughable..."gathers' mind blowing amounts of data on citizens...yet, KNOWN crazy fucks with guns that are ~into child porn, that have military experience, that talk about involvment with ISIS get no "special" attention...this guy is on no special attention flight list? He CAN CHECK A FUCkING BAG WITH A LOADED GUN IN IT onto an airplane while my balls are getting a good going over at airport "security"?

You mean to tell me that they're NOT SCANNING, IN THE MOST BASIC OF WAYS, the bags that get loaded into the bellies of airplanes? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) VD Jan 6, 2017 6:41 PM

It was an Shotgun.. no wait! An AR15.. no wait! Well it was a something black and scary looking! And his mom was a teacher.... no wait! I meant to say an anti-government prepper....

TeamDepends's picture

Did Robbie Parker lose another daughter?

Tarzan's picture

what prescription drugs is he on?  And when will the pharma industry be held responsible for their defective "medicine"?

WillyGroper's picture


porn diversion...not enuf evidence.

TBT or not TBT's picture

It was all secured onto available SEC servers.  

TBT or not TBT's picture

They had the budget to handle high frequency transactions

peddling-fiction's picture

"it's the voices"

It is the voice to skull technology (V2S) used to "guide" or harass the TI's.

Ever since radar they noticed that people could hear the microwaves.

That was tweaked a lot and is part of the microwave tools used to gangstalk good people.

TI's, hang in there and understand that the targeting is real (explained by Newtonian physics), yet it is part of a spiritual battle of evil against good.

Only the Holy Spirit can save and protect you.

WillyGroper's picture

they're also trying to make folks heads explode by bringing up the kiddie porn with no charges...more legitimizing.

then another hint is the psychiatric treament which is a whole nuther sham/scam & the pharoahs.

like the kid set up in CA, i smell a patsy.

peddling-fiction's picture

Yep Willy, he is a patsy.


From my post below, I can add-->

All computers can be hacked by big bro.

Anything can end up being on your hard drive, unless you don't have one.

Boot with a USB drive that has physical write lock, use Linux and with its firewall enabled (>sudo ufw enable).


MJ4Vets's picture

On the patsy part, it should be suggested that blackmail could have been involved, due to his eff bee eye statement.

I mean seriously, a we have your sister and mother, by ISIS, SEE EYE AYE, etc. is not far fetched, with what we know of gubmint officials.

peddling-fiction's picture

It always is a prefered method of coercion if all else fails.

StagStopa's picture

Haha. Yeah, the holy spirit will protect us. Guess all the people at FLL were sinners.

Do as thou will..


peddling-fiction's picture

Hiya Crowley witch.

The Holy Spirit restrains you easy bitch.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The Power of Christ Commands You!

Resistance Is Hope's picture

The holy spirit will protect those who believe. Christian morality has a better track record than witchcraft stone age garbage...and that's on earth, don't even get me started about heaven's superiority to hell.

You can ignore the revelations of your creator, but you can't escape death and the judgement throne.