Every human life is precious and sacred; killing one is like triggering a genocide. (Al Quran 5:32/33)
By Catherine E. Shoichet and Steve Almasy
(CNN) Five people were shot dead and eight wounded in a baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, and law enforcement sources tell CNN the suspect, identified as Esteban Santiago, had brought the firearm in his checked luggage.
Authorities said it was too early to understand why the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident, opened fire at the Florida airport.
Santiago, who lived in Alaska, is being interviewed by local and federal authorities. They are looking into witness reports that the suspect got into an altercation on board his flight to Florida, law enforcement officials said.
Here’s the latest on what we know:
• Thirteen people were shot and eight were taken to hospitals, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Five people died from their wounds.
• Broward Health Medical Center officials told reporters five trauma patients were being treated. The patients were in stable condition; two victims underwent surgery Friday afternoon. The officials didn’t discuss the extent of the victim’s injuries.
• The suspect joined the National Guard in Puerto Rico in 2007. In April 2010, he went to Iraq for 10 months. A spokeswoman for the Alaska Army National Guard said Santiago was in the Army Reserves before he joined the guard there in November 2014. Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead said Santiago was discharged in August for unsatisfactory performance.