Esteban Santiago Ruiz: Photos of Accused Fort Lauderdale Shooter

Esteban Santiago (Esteban Santiago-Ruiz

Esteban Santiago was identified by a U.S. senator and multiple news networks as being the accused gunman who shot 11 people at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport in Florida, killing five people. According to CNN, Santiago, 26, who was originally from New Jersey, had brought the gun into the airport by checking it into his luggage. He then allegedly retrieved the weapon from the luggage, went into a bathroom, and returned, firing. Eyewitnesses told NBC News that Santiago, an Iraq War veteran who had allegedly had mental health issues since returning from that conflict, had methodically moved down the baggage claim carousel in Terminal Two, shooting people, including some in the head. One man described to NBC how people fell down on either side of him, and eyewitnesses said the shooter reloaded and only stopped shooting when he ran out of bullets. He then allegedly lay down on the ground and surrendered. The names of the victims have not yet been identified. Santiago had posted some photos from his military service on social media sites on the Internet. The National Guard confirmed that he had served in the military, first joining the Puerto Rico National Guard. CNN reported that Santiago had seen combat in Iraq and had received medals for his service, but had left under less favorable circumstances. Some accounts gave his name as Esteban Santiago-Ruiz. CBS News reported that no link has been found in databases between santiago and terrorist groups. ABC News reported, "The alleged shooter flew from Anchorage, Alaska, to Minneapolis before landing in Fort Lauderdale." (Badoo/Esteban Santiago)