Fort Lauderdale airport re-opens after shooting

2017-01-07 18:24
Esteban Santiago, the suspect in the deadly shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, is escorted to jail by the authorities. (Jim Rassol, AP)

Esteban Santiago, the suspect in the deadly shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, is escorted to jail by the authorities. (Jim Rassol, AP)

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Fort Lauderdale - The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has re-opened following the shooting that left five people dead and eight wounded.

Officials said the airport re-opened for commercial flights on Saturday morning, although many flights were cancelled or delayed. Local media reported long lines of passengers were forming outside terminals.

Terminal 2 remained closed on Saturday morning. That's where police say 26-year-old Esteban Santiago allegedly opened fire in a baggage claim area after retrieving a handgun from his checked luggage.

Santiago remained in the holding cells, pending official charges.

Authorities said Army veteran Esteban Santiago of Anchorage, Alaska, had complained that the government was controlling his mind, drew a gun from his checked luggage on arrival and opened fire on fellow travellers.

Airport officials say they are trying to match more than 20 000 bags and personal items with their owners. Authorities say it is a complex and time-consuming process.

The airport was shut down, with incoming flights diverted and outgoing flights held on the ground.

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