Today’s News: Jan. 8, 2017

Police continue to investigate the suspect in a deadly Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six others wounded on Friday. Federal prosecutors on Saturday charged Esteban Santiago, a 26-year-old Iraq war veteran from Alaska, with three federal crimes that each carries the death penalty. The FBI interviewed Santiago, a former National Guard soldier, for several hours after the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Police have also interviewed about 175 people about the case, the AP reports. The FBI said Santiago came to an agency field office in Alaska in November, and said the U.S. government was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch videos from the Islamic State terrorist group. Officers seized a gun he had left inside his vehicle and took him to receive a mental-health evaluation. Santiago’s girlfriend came to pick up their newborn child, whom Santiago had left in his car. On the day of the Fort Lauderdale shooting, Santiago arrived at the airport from Anchorage. Officials have not yet publicly announced a motive for the crime. “Indications are that he came here to carry out this horrific attack,” FBI Agent George Piro said at a press conference Saturday. “We have not identified any triggers that would have caused this attack.”

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