>> Indications are that he came here to carry out this horrific attack.>> Federal investigators, Saturday, trying to determine the motives behind a mass shooting in which an attacker opened fire in a crowded baggage claim at a Fort Lauderdale Airport, killing five people. The suspected shooter, decorated Iraq war veteran Esteban Santiago, was taken into custody.
FBI investigator's saying they believe he acted alone. But have not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive and were reviewing the suspect's recent movements.>> We've conducted roughly 175 witness interviews. We're recovered video, physical evidence, and we continue to pursue every investigative lead.>> Authorities said the attacker retrieved a 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun from his checked luggage, and began firing indiscriminately.
Five were killed, six were wounded by gunfire. In the ensuing chaos, people ran from the terminal, gathered on tarmacs and huddled behind cars. Some three dozen later hospitalized with bruises and broken bones. Whether someone with a possible history of mental illness should be allowed to check a handgun likely to become an issue in the investigation or in Congress.
>> We all know there are people with very real problems. But if they are suffering from a mental illness and they're on a no-fly zone, on a no-fly list or they're a convicted felon, they flat out shouldn't be allowed to own handguns or rifles.>> Federal rules do allow for firearms to be carried in checked baggage, not in carry-on baggage.
And there are procedures that were followed in this case. I'm going back to Washington on Monday when we go back into session. And that is absolutely something that I think we need to revisit.>> Santiago had turned up at an FBI office in November last year, behaving erratically.
He was turned over to local police who took him to a medical facility for a mental health evaluation. According to the Pentagon, Santiago was deployed in Iraq from 2010 to 2011. His aunt telling MSBC that he came back, quote, a different person.