Florida gunman claimed US government was controlling his mind

The US-born Iraq war veteran who killed five people and wounded eight others at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, suffered from psychological problems and had complained that the US government was controlling his mind, authorities said.

Esteban Santiago, a 26 year-old resident of Anchorage,  Alaska, was taken into custody immediately following the shooting and questioned at length, according to officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Federal investigators had not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive in the massacre and were examining the suspect’s recent travels, said George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Miami, Florida.

Santiago retrieved a semi-automatic handgun from his checked luggage and began firing indiscriminately after arriving in Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport from Alaska.

One witness said the attacker kept shooting until he ran out of ammunition for his handgun.

The airport…

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