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Florida airport shooting suspect pictured after arrest

Suspect Esteban Santiago pictured at Broward Sheriff's Office in Florida after his arrest. Credit: AP

Images have been released of the man suspected of carrying out the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, that left five people dead, after his arrest.

Esteban Santiago reportedly opened fire after he picked up his luggage at baggage reclaim at Terminal 2 of the Florida airport on Friday.

The 26-year-old reportedly served in Iraq with the National Guard, but was discharged last year.

Santiago had been receiving psychological treatment recently, according to his brother.

After being detained by police he was transported to the Broward County Main Jail.

Santiago, seen front centre in a blue top, as he entered the jail. Credit: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FBI have not ruled out terrorism as motive for shooting

George Piro said the FBI is investigating the motive behind the attack. Credit: APTN

The FBI has not ruled out terrorism as a motive for the Fort Lauderdale shooting, an official said.

Lead investigator for the FBI, George Piro, said the suspect Esteban Santiago will be charged federally.

"With these types of incidents, as horrific as they are, we are looking at all avenues, we have not ruled out terrorism and we will be pursuing every angle as we try to determine the motive behind this attack," he said.

Scott Israel, sheriff of Broward County, said that Santiago was taken into custody "without incident".

Five people died in the shooting and eight others were injured.

Up to 40 more people were treated for injuries after the incident including broken bones and strains, Israel said.

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Suspect said mind-control 'forced him to watch IS videos'

People seen fleeing the scene of Friday's shooting. Credit: AP

The suspected Florida airport gunman told the FBI in November that the government was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch Islamic State videos, a law enforcement official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AP that agents in Anchorage completed their interview with 26-year-old Esteban Santiago-Ruiz and called the police, who took him for a mental health evaluation.

The FBI's Anchorage field office said in a statement that it was aware Santiago was an Anchorage resident and that it was assisting in the investigation, but it declined to comment further.

Police release picture of Florida shooting suspect

Esteban Santiago-Ruiz had served in Iraq. Credit: Police handout

Police released a photo of a man suspected of carrying out the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting that left five people dead and injured eight.

Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, 26, reportedly opened fire after he picked up his luggage at baggage reclaim at Terminal 2 of the Florida airport.

A spokesman for US Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said he had a US military identification.

A US official told Reuters, on condition of anonymity, Santiago-Ruiz was honourably discharged from the Army National Guard last year and served in Iraq.

Chaos as gunman kills five at busy Florida airport

Chaos broke out at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday when a gunman opened fire in a baggage reclaim area, killing five people and injuring 13 others.

Police say the attacker arrived on a flight with a gun in a checked in bag and after he claimed his luggage he went to the toilets and loaded the weapon, then emerged, shooting randomly.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports:

Airport gunman 'did not fly to Fort Lauderdale from Canada'

Credit: AP

The Canadian Embassy in Washington has said the gunman who opened fire at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday was not on a Canadian flight and did not fly from Canada.

The update contradicts earlier comments made by a government official in Florida.

Citing US officials, Constantin said the suspect was on a flight that originated in Anchorage, Alaska and flew to Florida via Minneapolis.

Broward County commissioner Chip LaMarca earlier said the gunman had arrived on a Canadian flight with a gun in a checked bag.

"After he claimed his bag, he went into the bathroom and loaded the gun and started shooting. We don't know why," LaMarca said.

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Airport witness: 'The firing just went on and on'

People at Fort Lauderdale airport warily make their way through the site after a gunman opened fire Credit: AP

A witness to the shootings at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport has told of how the gunman's victims fell to the ground next to him as he collected his baggage.

John Schilcher was collecting his luggage off the baggage carousel when he heard the first gunshot.

The person next to me fell to the ground and then I started hearing other pops.

And as this happened, other people started falling and you could hear it and smell it, and people on either side of me were going down and I just dropped to the ground.

– John Schilcher speaking to fox news

"The firing just went on and on," he said.

Schilcher, who was at the busy airport with his wife and mother-in-law, said the gunman emptied his weapon and reloaded, and "it was eerily quiet."

"I was down on the floor, when we finally looked up there was a policeman standing over me," he said. "That's when I assumed it was safe."

Airport gunman 'flew from Canada with gun in a bag'

People moving swiftly through Fort Lauderdale airport after a gunman opened fire on Friday

The man suspected of shooting dead five people at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport had flown there from Canada with a gun in a checked bag, a government official has told reporters.

Broward County commissioner Chip LaMarca was briefed on the airport shooting by Broward Sheriff's office.

He said the gunman had arrived on a Canadian flight with a gun in a checked bag.

"After he claimed his bag, he went into the bathroom and loaded the gun and started shooting. We don't know why," LaMarca said.

It is legal for airline passengers to carry guns and ammunition as long as the firearms are put in a checked bag - not in a carry-on - and are unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container. Guns must be declared to the airline at check-in

Florida airport gunman 'not harmed during arrest'

Sheriff Scott Israel has told reporters that the man suspected of killing five people at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport was not harmed during his arrest.

"He was taken into custody without incident," Sheriff Israel said.

The gunman is now being questioned by FBI agents.

A witness has told of how the man shot randomly at people around the baggage claim inside the busy airport before laying on the ground.

Airport witness: 'He just randomly shot at people'

Five people were shot dead by a gunman at Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday Credit: AP

A witness to the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting said the gunman remained silent as he "went up and down the carousels of the baggage claim, shooting through luggage to get at people that were hiding."

Then the gunman threw down his weapon and lay spread-eagle on the ground until he was taken into custody, Mark Lea said.

People started kind of screaming and trying to get out of any door they could or hide under the chairs.

He just kind of continued coming in, just randomly shooting at people, no rhyme or reason to it.

– Witness Mark Lea speaking to MSNBC
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