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Suspect in Florida shooting charged with act of violence

Esteban Santiago has been charged in connection with the Florida shooting. Credit: AP

The suspect in the Fort Lauderdale shooting, Esteban Santiago, has been charged with performing an act of violence at an airport, a statement by the US Attorney's Office said.

If found guilty, Santiago could face the death penalty or a life sentence.

The 26-year-old also faces charges of using a firearm during a crime of violence and causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm.

Volunteer firefighter named as Florida shooting victim

Terry Andres Credit: AP

A volunteer firefighter has been named as one of the five killed in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting.

Terry Andres, who was 62 and from Virginia Beach, Virginia, was killed at the airport as he prepared to go on holiday with his wife, local media reported.

Mr Andres' daughter was quoted as saying he would have celebrated his 63rd birthday later in January.

Mr Andres was said to have served since 2004 with the Oceana Volunteer Fire Department, where he was remembered fondly: "He was well liked and respected for both his dedication to being a volunteer as well as his professional approach to his job as a support tech," the department was quoted as saying.

"We mourn his passing as we do all the victims of the senseless attack in Ft. Lauderdale."

Mr Andres' wife was not reported to have been injured.

Confiscated gun returned to Florida shooting suspect

Esteban Santiago Credit: AP

A gun taken from the Fort Lauderdale shooting suspect when he underwent a psychological evaluation last year was returned to him, police in Alaska have said.

Anchorage Police Chief Christopher Tolley said it was not clear if this was the same gun used in the attack which left five people dead and six injured.

Police said the gun was returned to Esteban Santiago because he had not committed a crime.

The 26-year-old underwent a psychological evaluation after telling FBI agents the government was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch so-called Islamic State videos.

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British great-grandmother among Fort Lauderdale victims

Olga Woltering Credit: The Catholic Church of the Transfiguration, Cobb County

A British great-grandmother was among the victims of the Fort Lauderdale shooting, according to reports.

Olga Woltering, who was in her eighties, was revealed as one of the five people killed in Friday's mass shooting at the airport when her church posted a touching tribute to her online.

The Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in Cobb County, Georgia, described Mrs Woltering as "charming" and "one of the most joyful, loving, caring and committed people".

Olga was so charming, calling everybody "Lovey" or "Love" in her unmistakable British accent. The picture above shows her normal face, complete with her beaming smile!

Her life revolved around her kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and hundreds of extended family at Transfiguration.

There are no further details available at this time, but Fr. Fernando Molina-Restrepo says: "Olga was one of the most joyful, loving, caring and committed people I have ever met. This is a horrible tragedy for everyone here at Transfiguration, especially because Olga was so loved. Olga and Ralph have been members of our Transfiguration Family since October 1978. May God give consolation to all of the victims of this tragedy and may God give eternal rest to those who died. Especially to our beloved Olga. Peace."

– STATEMENT BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

Brother of suspect questions why he was able to keep gun

Brother of the suspect, Bryan Santiago. Credit: AP

The brother of the man suspected of carrying out the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting has questioned why Esteban Santiago was allowed to keep his gun after US authorities knew he had become increasingly paranoid and was hearing voices.

The 26-year-old reportedly had trouble controlling his anger after serving with the US National Guard in Iraq, and told his brother that he felt he was being chased and controlled by the CIA through secret online messages.

Speaking to FBI agents in Alaska, where he lived, Santiago had reportedly told them the government was forcing him to watch so-called Islamic State group videos.

When Santiago told agents at the FBI field office his paranoid thoughts in November, he was evaluated for four days, and then released without any follow-up medication or therapy.

"The FBI failed there," Bryan Santiago said, adding: "We're not talking about someone who emerged from anonymity to do something like this."

"The federal government already knew about this for months, they had been evaluating him for a while, but they didn't do anything."

Authorities: Suspect chose to travel to airport for attack

George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami office. Credit: APTN

The suspect in the Florida airport shooting chose to travel to Fort Lauderdale to carry out the attack which left five people dead, authorities have said.

The suspect "'came here specifically to carry out this horrific attack", George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami office said.

Mr Piro added there were no signs of any altercation on board the flight or at baggage claim.

Mr Piro continued that Esteban Santiago, 26, the suspect, was cooperating with investigators and was interviewed for several hours overnight.

Three remain in intensive care following airport shooting

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Credit: APTN

Six victims of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting remain in hospital, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

Three of the victims remain in intensive care, he added.

While it was initially reported that eight people had been injured in the shooting as well as the five people who were killed, Sheriff Israel confirmed that six people rather than eight had been injured.

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