Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, 26, took a flight from Alaska to Florida Friday and allegedly got into an argument somewhere along the way. He arrived in Florida with a gun that had previously been in his checked bag.
“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,” said Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca.
Passengers are legally allowed to travel with guns and ammunition as long as the firearms are unloaded, secured in a lock box and not brought on board the plane as a carry-on. They must be declared to the airline at check-in.
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.
Authorities were able to apprehend the suspect without having to fire their own weapons when he apparently ran out of bullets. Witnesses said he threw down his firearm and laid down on the floor.
In November 2016, he walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming that he was being forced to fight for ISIS and was sent to a psychiatric hospital, officials revealed.
In 2011 or 2012, he 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.
We have been living in a country where the admission of affiliation with the most dangerous and radicalized terrorist group in the world is dismissed and ignored. Gun control is not the problem here, it’s our leadership that is that real problem.
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