Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect Esteban Santiago may have mental health problems according to USA Today. Esteban killed five people during the shooting spree he went on in the airport. The reason he traveled 4,000 miles away from his home in Alaska is still unknown. He was born in New Jersey, moved to Puerto Rico, and eventually joined the Puerto Rico National Guard. After a nine-month tour in Iraq, his family claims he began to change.
According to the Anchorage Police in Alaska between January – October 2016 he had at least five encounters with law enforcement and two arrests. “Santiago’s erratic behavior escalated in November when he walked into the FBI Office in Anchorage complaining that ‘his mind was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency.’” The lack of sunlight in Alaska has proven to be a major contributor to various mood disorders in the inhabitants, but neighbors attribute his change in behavior to a case that may be post-traumatic stress disorder due to his time in the National Guard. Esteban is currently being held without bond but will have a detention hearing on January 17 in Fort Lauderdale.