Fort Lauderdale shooter served in Alaska Army National Guard

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) -- Update
Esteban Santiago was formerly a member of the Alaska Army National Guard and left the organization in August 2016. He is no longer a member of our organization, according to a spokesperson for the Alaska National Guard.


-Joined the Puerto Rico National Guard Dec. 14, 2007
-Deployed to Iraq with Puerto Rico National Guard April 23, 2010 to February 19, 2011
-Was in the Army Reserves prior to joining the Alaska Army National Guard Nov. 21, 2014
-Received a general discharge from the Alaska Army National Guard Aug. 16, 2016 for unsatisfactory performance
-He was a combat engineer (MOS: 21B10)
-When he was discharged, his military rank was E3 (Private First Class)

Update
The alleged Fort Lauderdale shooter took Delta #1088 from Anchorage to Minneapolis-Saint Paul last night, landing this morning, and then he took Delta #2182 from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to Fort Lauderdale airport, says sources involved in the investigation.

Original Story
Law enforcement sources identified the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooter as Esteban Santiago, a 26-year-old man born in New Jersey with ties to Alaska.

Multiple senior law enforcement sources tell NBC that Santiago was born in March 1990. Sources tell NBC he also had a military ID on him when he was arrested.

Santiago served in the Alaska National Guard until July of 2016, according to Candis Olmstead, the Director of Public Affairs for Alaska National Guard.

The Alaska National Guard is looking into how long Santiago served in Alaska.

On public records, Santiago had listed an address in South Anchorage. A man who now lives in the trailer says he does not know Santiago and that his family has occupied the home since Dec. of 2015.

KTUU also did a search of court records showing an Esteban Santiago was charged with two misdemeanors in 2016. The man listed in court records does have the same date of birth as the shooter in Florida.

A county official says the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter pulled a gun out of a checked bag, loaded in a bathroom and started shooting, killing five people and wounding at least eight.

Chip LaMarca, a Broward County commissioner, was briefed on the airport shooting by Broward Sheriff's office. He told The Associated Press by phone that the shooter was a passenger on a Canadian flight and had checked a gun.

LaMarca says the shooter pulled out the gun in the bathroom after claiming his bag.

Sheriff Scott Israel says the gunman was not harmed and that law enforcement did not fire any shots. He says it is not yet known if the shooting was an act of terror.



 
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