A man who shot and killed 5 people while injuring 6 more at an airport in Fort Lauderdale has been sentenced to life in prison.
The attack, which the judge called “85 seconds of evil,” was carried out in January of 2017 by Esteban Santiago. Santiago had flown to the airport from Anchorage, Alaska, with a handgun checked in with his bag. The check-in had complied with all TSA protocol.
After landing, Santiago got his bag, loaded his gun, and began to fire in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2. He had served in Iraq from 2010-2011 as part of he Alaska National Guard, but he was discharged after “strange behavior,” including extended absences.
“Santiago was diagnosed after the shooting as schizophrenic but was found competent to understand legal proceedings,” The Associated Press reported Friday. “Doctors say he has improved with anti-psychotic medication.”