Florida airport gunman charged, could face death penalty
The suspect in Florida airport shooting has been charged with performing an act of violence at an airport, causing deaths and serious injures, and could face a maximum penalty, US Attorney's Office said in a statement on Sunday, Sputnik reported.
According to the federal complaint, Esteban Santiago Ruiz (Santiago), 26, was charged with an act of violence performed with the use of a firearm that caused the death of a person.
"The statutory charges authorize a maximum penalty, upon conviction, of death or imprisonment for life or any term of years," the statement said.
The shooting occurred at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in the US state of Florida on Friday afternoon, resulting in deaths of five people and leaving a total of 45 people injured. The shooter has been identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago from the state of New Jersey.
The suspect has reportedly served in the US military and had previously been sent to a mental health facility. According to the authorities, the suspect flew from Alaska to Minneapolis to Fort Lauderdale on a Delta Airlines flight.
Police are not ruling out terrorism in their investigation of the Florida Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting.