Yesterday was a very tragic day in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. And it should never have happened. Esteban Santiago, a 26 year-old man from Alaska, went on a shooting rampage killing five and wounding as many as 13. There were warning signs all over the place on this guy. He only checked a gun in a case as his baggage on the flight… that should have been a red flag right there. But even worse, two months ago, he stormed into an FBI office claiming that the CIA had infiltrated his brain and was forcing him to watch ISIS videos and kill for Allah. He was sent for a mental evaluation after that, but for reasons that defy logic, he was cut loose after only two weeks.
Santiago got a dishonorable discharge from the military after serving in Iraq and then he truly slipped a cog. Allegations of child pornography, violating a restraining order for trying to strangle his girlfriend, an eviction and classic psychosis were all there for someone to see and do something about. But no one did.
Santiago grew up in Puerto Rico, where he served in the National Guard. He then served in the Army Reserves and later moved to Alaska, where he served in the Alaska National Guard as a combat engineer.
From the Conservative Tribune:
The history of Esteban Santiago, the madman accused of killing five people at a Florida airport yesterday, reads like a jigsaw puzzle for disaster. Too bad no one ever put the pieces together.
Santiago-Ruiz arrived in Fort Lauderdale with a gun that he checked in his baggage, CBS News reported. After claiming the bag, he loaded it in a bathroom, returned to baggage claim and began shooting.
With a past history of violence, combat duty in Iraq, a less-than-honorable discharge from military service, allegations of child pornography, violation of a restraining order, an eviction, and a descent into psychosis that he actually admitted to the FBI only two months ago, someone should have been able to predict this tragedy.
This guy went AWOL frequently which got him booted from the military. But why didn’t a psych evaluation get him removed? Seems to me that should have been conducted because of his obvious odd behavior. This guy is a nut and because no one wanted to be bothered with him, five people are dead. This isn’t the doing of ISIS, but the result is the same.
After Santiago emptied his gun into the crowd at the airport, he reloaded and kept shooting until he had used up all his ammo. He then threw the gun down, laid down spread-eagle with his hands behind his head and waited for the police. There was not a scratch on this guy and he didn’t want to die. Just kill.
A gun didn’t slaughter these people… an insane asshat did. This guy saw and heard things that weren’t there. His only connection to ISIS was in his fevered, evil imagination. There’s no way to protect people from someone who is murderously insane like this.
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