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On Jan 7, 2017, at approximately 6:20 p.m. EST, Wilfredo Ferrer, United States Attorney Miami District, announced the 26-year-old Florida gunman’s charge might upgrade from being a violent airport act to the death penalty after shooting several people in which five people have died earlier yesterday morning.
United States Army veteran, Esteban Santiago, has been identified as the gunman who faces possible death penalty charges after he released a stream of bullets at a baggage claim center inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that the 26-year-old Alaskan resident spoke to officials regarding his mental health weeks before the incident. He was required to hand in his firearm, undergo a psych evaluation, which he did, and in return, he received his weapon. The Florida gunman was able to regain his firearm approximately seven days later.
According to a statement by Aberdeen News,
The packed firearm passed all qualifications to be inside baggage; it was legal, the proper size and in the right type of case.
Since the Florida gunman passed the required testing, authorities could not predict the event at the airport. Local authorities are in hopes that the shooter’s charges will include the death penalty.
Written by Jhayla D. Walls
Edited by Cathy Milne
ABC News: US Attorney: Florida Airport Gunman Charged With Violent Airport Act, Carries a Possible Death Sentence
Aberdeen News: The Latest: US Seeks Death Penalty in Airport Shooting
Kare11: Florida Airport Gunman Checked Firearm Lawfully, Investigators Say
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