Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Suspect Charged

Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Suspect ChargedThe man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at a Florida airport on Friday, 26-year old Esteban Santiago, has been charged by prosecutors.

Santiago is accused of opening fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport, killing five people and injuring at least six others.

He is charged with carrying out an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death, which carries a maximum punishment of execution.

The 26-year old who also faces lesser weapons charges reportedly told agents he had planned the attack and bought a one-way ticket to Fort Lauderdale.

The motive of the shooting is still unknown but authorities say that terrorism had not been ruled out.

The incident occurred at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2 of the airport.

Nearly 2.5 million travelers passed through Fort Lauderdale’s airport in November 2016, according to a government report on the facility.

There are four terminals at the airport, which ranks 21st in the US in terms of total passengers.

The airport serves about 30 airlines. Many passengers use it because of its convenience to nearby cruse ship terminals.

Five People Shot Dead By Gunman At Fort Lauderdale Airport Florida

Five People Shot Dead By Gunman At Fort Lauderdale Airport Florida“Multiple people” have been shot dead after gunshots erupted at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida on Friday.

There were five people dead and a gunman who appeared to be acting alone has been arrested, say officials.

Eight people were also injured and were taken to local hospitals, Sheriff Scott Israel said on Twitter.

The airport said that the incident occurred at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2.

Investigators have not released the gunman’s name or detailed the events leading up to the shooting but they are looking into his motive, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN.

Police received a call just before 1300 local time (1800 GMT) about shots fired at Terminal Drive.

Hundreds of people were standing on the tarmac as dozens of police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene.

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that he was “monitoring the terrible situation in Florida” and that he has spoken to the Florida governor.

“Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!” he added.

Fort Lauderdale is a major tourist hub in the greater Miami area.

Nearby Miami International Airport announced that “extra security measures” have been put in place “out of an abundance of caution”.

In November 2016, nearly 2.5 million travelers passed through Fort Lauderdale’s airport, according to a government report on the facility.

There are four terminals at the airport, which ranks 21st in the US in terms of total passengers.

The airport serves about 30 airlines. Many passengers use it because of its convenience to nearby cruse ship terminals.

Trump Tangles With Rival In Republican Debate

Republican-debateThe Republican candidates for President traded sharp verbal blows over foreign policy and the future of the Supreme Court in an often unruly and chaotic debate.

After Iowa and New Hampshire, the race has now moved to South Carolina before the February 20 primary.

Front-runner, Donald Trump, repeatedly tangled with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, in a series of tense exchanges.

The lively audience repeatedly jeered and booed the candidates who were shouting down and interrupting each other.

US Republicans Spar In Heated Presidential Debate

US Republicans Spar In Heated Presidential DebateThe United States (US) Republicans have once again locked horns in a fiery 2016 presidential debate in Colorado.

Right from the start, front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who have no experience in politics, were under attack.

BBC says that Ohio Governor, John Kasich, condemned their “fantasy tax plans” and ridiculed their lack of political experience, stressing that “we cannot elect someone who does not know how to do the job”.

Mr Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has edged past Mr Trump in national polls, had a quiet night in Boulder.

His tax plan, which is based on biblical tithes, was decried as “fantasy” by Mr Kasich, who also condemned Mr Trump’s plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the Mexico border.

Political friendships were also strained by some of the testy exchanges, notably between former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio.