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Terrorist Claimes U.S. Government Forced Him to Fight For ISIS Before Shooting 11 People at Florida Airport

A terrorist who shot and killed multiple people at an airport in Florida, claimed that the U.S. government forced him to fight for ISIS. The Alaska resident was arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint in connection with the deadly shooting of multiple victims at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday.

Esteban Santiago Ruiz, who is also known as Santiago, 26, was charged with performing an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that caused serious bodily injury, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm in the course of a violation.

The suspect faces the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of the charges. According to the criminal complaint, on Friday at approximately 1:00 p.m., Santiago entered the Terminal 2 baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale.

He pulled out a handgun as the area was crowded with newly-arrived passengers retrieving their luggage. Santiago started shooting, aiming at his victims’ heads until he was out of ammunition. 

Santiago killed five people and wounded six more. Moments later, Santiago was confronted by police. He dropped his handgun on the ground, and was arrested.

Several months ago, Santiago walked into an FBI office in Anchorage, claiming that the U.S. government was forcing him to fight for ISIS.  He was sent to a psychiatric hospital, where he was treated and released.

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