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Reporter Debrief: Latest on Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting

Photo: Broward County Sheriff's Office

A shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale airport Friday, first reported by WGCU during that afternoon's Gulf Coast Live, saw five killed and six injured by a gunman who apparently flew from Alaska to Florida in what investigators call a seemingly deliberate attack. After the shooting, Broward County Sheriff's Deputies say the suspect lay on the floor awaiting his arrest.

Questions remain about the suspected shooter, 26-year-old Esteban Ruiz Santiago, his motivations, his military service in Iraq, and more. Also being scrutinized is Santiago's visit to an FBI office in Alaska last November, where he claimed his mind was being controlled to watch terrorist propaganda.

Santiago, held without bail since is arrest Friday, is due in court this morning. He's charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death, a charge which carries the death penalty. He also faces several weapons charges.

Monday at 1 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, WLRN reporter Kate Stein shares the latest on the investigation, and what we know about the gunman.

Also joining the show is Austin Baird, a reporter with KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska, following the investigation into Santiago's life and interactions with the FBIin Alaska.

Discussing his nonprofit, Operation Open Arms, Cpt. John Bunch joins the show to discuss his outreach with active duty personnel suffering from PTSD.

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
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