Esteban Santiago, 26, an Iraq War veteran, and the suspected gunman responsible for Friday’s shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport has been charged with federal crime, and could possibly face the death penalty.
According to the Washington Post, authorities said that Santiago showed signs of violence and “erratic behavior,” months before killing and injuring innocent people in the baggage claim area of the Florida airport.
On Saturday investigators said that Santiago attracted frequent police attention for domestic violence in his hometown in Alaska, and he has also been arrested twice within the past year.
Two months before the shooting he was admitted to a mental-health facility after showing up to a FBI field office telling agents that the government controlled his mind and forced him to watch Islamic State videos.
Authorities say police held on to his firearm for a month before giving it back to him.
Santiago is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday at 11 a.m. before a magistrate judge in Fort Lauderdale.
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