Reports: Florida Airport Shooter Was Mentally Ill Iraq Veteran
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The gunman who allegedly killed five people and wounded eight others Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has been identified as a New Jersey-born Iraq veteran who suffered from mental illness.
According to a story at Western Journalism
Esteban Santiago’s aunt, Maria Ruiz Rivera, told NJ.com that her nephew has “lost his mind” ever since he was deployed to Iraq during his military service.
She said Santiago, who was taken into custody after the shooting, has been living in Alaska and has a newborn baby boy.
Santiago served in the National Guard in Puerto Rico for six years and served in Iraq for about a year in either 2009 or 2010, Rivera said. When he returned from the Middle East, he was hospitalized for mental problems in Puerto Rico, where he was born, she said.
Her husband, Hernan Rivera, agreed that Santiago was not mentally sound and said the motive behind his attack was unclear.
“No idea. Only thing I could tell you was when he came out of Iraq, he wasn’t feeling too good,” he said.