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BREAKING NEWS: Gunman in custody after killing 5 and injuring 6 at Florida's Airport
Surveillance footage from inside the terminal shows Esteban Santiago open fire
This is the moment the Fort Lauderdale killer pulled out his handgun and started firing at innocent passengers.
Esteban Santiago, 26, shot dead five people and wounded six more when he opened fire inside the baggage claim at Terminal 2 of the Florida airport on Friday afternoon.
Shocking surveillance footage, first obtained by TMZ, shows the Iraq war veteran calmly walk into shot before pulling the pistol from his waistband.
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This still image taken from a security camera inside the terminal shows the moment Esteban Santiago opened fire
He then begins firing, appearing to be aiming initially at a man in front of him.
Santiago then runs out of the frame as people desperately take shelter.
The 26-year-old could face the death penalty after being accused of an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death, and weapons charges.
Santiago flew into the airport from Anchorage, Alaska - with a layover in Minneapolis-St Paul - on Delta flight 2182 with a firearm as his only piece of checked luggage, in accordance with TSA regulations, authorities believe.
This booking photo provided by the Broward Sheriff's Office shows suspect Esteban Ruiz Santiago, 26, Saturday, January 7, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale
The 26-year-old, who was dressed in a Star Wars T-shirt, claimed his bag, went to the bathroom to load his handgun and then started shooting people dead, according to the county commissioner.
Witnesses said the gunman sprayed bullets around then lay down on the floor spread-eagled, awaiting arrest.
It has also been revealed that FBI agents took Santiago's gun off him when he went into an Alaska field office in November to say the government was controlling his mind.
But it was returned to him just a month later, and law enforcement will not reveal why.
U.S Attorney Wifredo Ferrer formally announced Santiago's charges on Saturday.
Esteban served in Iraq and walked into an FBI field office in November and said the government was trying to control his mind and making him watch ISIS videos
Ferrer said: 'Today's charges represent the gravity of the situation and reflect the commitment of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel to continually protect the community and prosecute those who target our residents and visitors'.
Authorities said during a news conference that they had interviewed roughly 175 people, including a lengthy interrogation with the cooperative suspect, a former National Guard soldier from Alaska.
Santiago spoke to investigators for several hours after he opened fire with a Walther 9mm semi-automatic handgun that he legally checked on a flight from Alaska.
He had two magazines with him and emptied both of them, firing about 15 rounds, before he was arrested, the complaint said.
'We have not identified any triggers that would have caused this attack. We're pursuing all angles on what prompted him to carry out this horrific attack,' FBI Agent George Piro said.
Investigators are combing through social media and other information to determine Santiago's motive, and it's too early to say whether terrorism played a role, Piro said.
This picture shows what may be the weapon that was used by the gunman in the shooting on Friday
Esteban Santiago, 26, the suspect in the deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, is transported to the Broward County Main Jail by authorities, Saturday
George Piro, the FBI agent who interrogated Saddam Hussein alone for months after the former Iraqi leader's capture, is now leading the investigation into the Florida airport shooting rampage blamed on an Iraq war veteran.
Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami field office, is taking the lead of the FBI investigation into the shooting that left six dead and five wounded.
The Beirut native, who is fluent in Arabic and Assyrian, has been an agent since 1999.
Speaking about his role in the Saddam interrogations, he said on 60 Minutes in 2008 he met daily with the dictator in a windowless room and worked to gain his trust by becoming his only provider of necessities and such things as paper for Saddam to write poetry.
Eventually, Piro said Saddam confirmed that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction prior to the U.S. invasion but might seek them in future to deter Iran and other threats. Saddam also denied any links to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden, Piro has said.
Saddam also liked to brag about how he escaped U.S. airstrikes and capture, according to Piro.
'What he wanted to really illustrate is... how he was able to outsmart us,' Piro told 60 Minutes. 'He got rid of his normal vehicles. He got rid of the protective detail that he traveled with, really just to change his signature.'
Since taking the top Miami FBI job, Piro has overseen work in more domestic areas such as health care fraud, identity theft and tax fraud, Ponzi schemes and mortgage fraud - all areas where South Florida is among the nation's leaders. Bank robberies, violent street gangs, public corruption and smuggling of humans and drugs round out much of the work for the Miami office's roughly 1,000 agents and employees.
Since Friday's shooting, Piro has been careful to say no evidence linking Santiago to terrorism has been found but such connections have also not been ruled out.
When announcing the charges filed Saturday against Santiago, Piro said his thoughts are with the victims and their families.
'I want to ensure these families that law enforcement is working tirelessly in order to ensure justice is served,' he said.
In November, Santiago had walked into an FBI field office in Alaska saying the U.S. government was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch Islamic State group videos, authorities said.
It has also been revealed he was being prosecuted for breaking through a locked bathroom door to allegedly strangle and hit his 40-year-old girlfriend.
The alleged attack took place almost a year before he the massacre on Friday.
Santiago's girlfriend had been in the bathroom when she says he began yelling at her.
He had then forced his way into the locked bathroom, breaking the door frame in the process, shouting at her to 'Get the f**k out b***h,' she claims.
Santiago began 'strangling' his girlfriend and 'smacking her in the side of the head', according to court documents obtained by Heavy.
By the time police arrived, Santiago had fled the scene.
The Iraq war veteran was arrested a few days later and released on deferred prosecution status - where prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charges in exchange for Esteban's completion of certain conditions which included that he did not contact his girlfriend.
Law enforcement sources also told CBS News that Santiago was investigated for child pornography at some point between 2011 or 2012. Three weapons and a computer were seized, but no charges were filed, sources said.
On Sunday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the incident was another brutal reminder that more needs to be done to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental issues.
'We keep learning more about how to deal with this kind of illness, we're gonna learn more and we have to do more,' he said on NBC's Meet the Press.
'The so-called invisible wounds of war — are something we do take seriously and we have to take seriously.'
The suspect in the deadly Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting is transported to the Broward County Main Jail
People are seen taking shelter in a separate video that emerged from inside the baggage claim on Friday
A gunman is in custody after a deadly shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.
Sources tell DailyMail.com that the shooter killed five people and injured six more Friday afternoon.
The incident happened in the baggage area of Terminal 2, and it does not appear that the shooter breached the TSA-secured area of the terminal.
A witness thold NBC Miami that the shooter didn't appear to be targeting anyone in particular.
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A picture shared on social media allegedly showed one of the people who was shot by the gunman
A video posted on Instagram by user Islandvinesnsports showed four officers around one man who had been shot
A shooting has reportedly occurred at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport
This map of the airport shows where Terminal 2 is located at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Video from the airport Friday afternoon showed hundreds of passengers corralled together on the tarmac with emergency vehicles parked outside the terminal with lights flashing.
Around 1:45pm, law enforcemeent started the crowds off the tarmac, by bus and on foot.
Former White House press secretary to President George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, was at the airport at the time of the shooting and tweeted about the chaos.
Just after 1pm, he wrote that 'shots have been fired. Everyone is running'.
A woman was seen being taken off the tarmac in a wheelchair. It is now known whether she had been shot
News cameras appeared to capture the moment one person was rushed into an ambulance
There was chaos on the tarmac after the shooting. Emergency vehicles can be seen at the far end of the runway
People are seen on the tarmac after the shooting, which reportedly saw at least one person killed
Pictured is the chaotic scene at the Fort Lauderdale Airport where nine people were shot on Friday
'All seems calm now but the police aren't letting anyone out of the airport - at least not the area where I am,' Fleischer wrote.
The airport is one of the top 25 busiest airports in the nation, and is located about 25 miles north of Miami.
There has been some confusion about whether the airport is up and running. The FAA said that there would be 'minimal' delays, but airport officials said activity has been halted. Planes have continued to take off and land on at least one of the runways
Travelers have been advised to contact their airlines if they have a flight at the airport.
Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to Ft. Lauderdale to be briefed on the situation.
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was in the airport at the time of the shooting and tweeted about what was happening
Fleischer said police had told him there were five victims. That number has now reportedly risen
The former White House Press Secretary said it appeared as thought the situation had been controlled, but people were still in the airport
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted the information following Friday afternoon’s shooting.
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN that authorities “have an active crime scene investigation involving terminal 2.”
Miami area television stations reported that at least six people were shot. News stations showed video of medics taking care of a bleeding victim outside the airport. News helicopters hovering over the scene showed hundreds of people standing on the tarmac as an ambulance drove by and numerous law enforcement officers, including tactical units, rushed to the scene.
Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted that he was at the airport when shots were fired and “everyone is running.”