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Officials: Terrorism not ruled out as motive in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting

Esteban Santiago. (Broward Sheriff's Office)

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WPEC) - Several Florida officials and investigators spoke Saturday morning about their status in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting on Friday.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel confirms that six people were shot and injured, unlike the original eight that was reported. The number of deaths remains at five.

Sheriff Israel says three of the victims, none of whom will be identified at this time, are still in the ICU.

FBI Special Agent George Piro from Miami said terrorism has not yet been ruled out as a possible motive. After witness interviews, he believes the 26-year-old suspect, Esteban Santiago, acted alone.


Broward deputies responded to the threat 70 to 80 seconds after the first shot was fired, according to Sheriff Israel. Security measures have been increased for an unknown amount of time, while authorities continue to investigate.

Authorities also say there was no indication of an altercation aboard the incoming plane on which Santiago was traveling, nor on his way to the baggage claim area. Special Agent Piro says the suspect followed all airport procedures to check in his weapon.


The FBI is currently looking into other places where he traveled, as well as social media, family and friends. Special Agent Piro says they have several significant leads on which to follow up.

Gov. Rick Scott and the state are working to provide all resources necessary for travelers and families affected by the shooting. For passengers who are still searching for luggage left at the airport, please contact 1-866-435-9355.

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