He allegedly shot and killed five people at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida.
Before Esteban Santiago reportedly filled a crowded airport terminal with gunfire, Florida lawmakers had already come up with their solution to the problem — more guns in airport terminals. Current Florida law prevents people with concealed-carry permits from bringing firearms into airport terminals, schools, colleges, courtrooms, bars, meetings of legislators and several other locales. Even a ban on firearms aboard planes — currently limited to checked baggage — would not prevent someone from entering an airport terminal with a gun.
The FBI said it appears Santiago acted alone, and despite preliminary evidence that he may suffer a mental illness, has not ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack.
Five people died and six more suffered gunshot wounds Friday when Santiago allegedly took a gun he had checked on a flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, loaded it in the baggage hall’s bathroom and came out shooting.
“When you have a person that could be suffering from a severe mental illness, or you have what we call a lone wolf assassin that’s ready to conduct some cowardly, heinous act, there’s not much law enforcement or anybody else can do about it,” Israel said.