FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people at Fort Lauderdale airport apparently chose to travel to Florida to carry out the rampage, and there are no signs any altercation triggered the attack, authorities said on Saturday.
The 26-year-old suspect, Esteban Santiago, had a history of acting erratically and investigators are probing whether mental illness played a role in America’s latest mass shooting.
He cooperated with investigators during an interview that lasted several hours overnight, George Piro, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s office in Miami, said on Saturday.
“Indications are that he came here to carry out this horrific attack,” Piro told reporters at the airport. “We have not identified any triggers that would have caused this.”
Piro said terrorism has not been ruled out as a motive and that the suspect’s recent travel is being reviewed. He stressed it was still very early in the investigation.
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