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than he is. "world news tonight" is coming up next. >> see you in half an hour for the news at 6:00. tonight, breaking news. the terror playing out inside the ft. lauderdale airport. a gunman opening fire. authorities say a 26-year-old american, an army veteran, killing five and leaving several more injured. victims rushed to the hospital. tonight, what we've just learned about the gunman. he was known to the fbi. as we hear from eyewitnesses who were standing just a few feet away from him. also tonight, the face-to-face meeting inside trump tower. after weeks of president-elect donald trump taking aim at u.s. intelligence, questioning their work, questioning the russian hacking, tonight, mr. trump in the same room with them. and what he said right after. and this evening, new information declassified. authorities revealing vladimir putin wanted donald trump to win. dangerous driving at this
hour. the winter storm hitting tonight. set to strike much of the south and the east, then the system moving north overnight. and a final goodbye. the names bidding farewell to a famous mother and her daughter. good evening. and we begin tonight with that horror that played out this afternoon inside the baggage claim at the ft. lauderdale airport. authorities say a passenger, an army vet, pulled out a gun and suddenly began firing. five people were killed. several more rushed to the hospital. papassengers got out of the terminal, many running in fear, right onto the tarmac, hiding where they could, others, trapped on planes. and within minutes, a powerful show of force. the fbi, local law enforcement, sweeping across the airport. frightened passengers with their hands in the air. tonight, we have new reporting here on the lone gunman, and the passengers who are still stuck on that tarmac at this hour. we begin with the moments right after the shooting.
tonight, the cries of the passengers and loved ones just moments after it was over. they were the ones who saw it all. the gunman in terminal two, walking into the baggage claim and opening fire. this woman describing what she saw. >> casings were flying all around us. >> one of the victims lying in a pool of blood. she was among the five who were killed. other passengers and family members holding onto one another. >> shots fired, downstairs. >> lower level inside, we have a subject with a gunshot to the head. >> it was 12:55 p.m., the first reports, the first calls to 911. gunfire erupting. the shooter had loaded his gun, and was firing indiscriminately. men, women, anyone in front of him. at least eight rushed to area hospitals. a father, michael starobinsky, took this photo looking out the window of the terminal. a man who had just been shot had been brought outside. the blood-stained sidewalk. the woman holding up his arm. the father who took the photo.
>> i heard a popping noise, and somebody says, "shots fired." i grabbed two of my children, ran outside. i'm looking at a man and a woman, a man bleeding profusely and a woman who just said, "help, help!" >> paramedics then rushing to his side and racing him out on a stretcher. the airport was put on lockdown, all exits blocked off. some passengers stranded in planes on the tarmac with little information. >> what happened here right now, i don't know what just happened here at our terminal right now. >> other planes rushing passengers off to safe zones on the tarmac. and hundreds were evacuated from inside the terminal, down stairwells, taken outside, too. there were hundreds standing together. many were sent to the perimeter of the airport, their hands in the air, as authorities swept the scene. for a time, there were reports of more gunfire possible in another terminal or parking garage. s.w.a.t. teams racing to knock down those reports.
late today, saying they believe it was just one gunman, one scene. still, terrified passengers racing across the tarmac. taking cover behind cars. this photo captured by a witness, as authorities appear to take the suspect away. tonight, authorities believe the suspect just 26 years old. >> we were all waiting on the tarmac, a side door opened about 20 feet away, with two security guards holding a man, handcuffed. like a skinny, light-skinned man with dark hair. they led him away, and then two minutes later, there were fbi agents. >> florida senator bill nelson telling me on-air that the suspect was carrying a military i.d. >> it was found on him. his name is esteban santiago. >> sources telling abc news he arrived in ft. lauderdale as a passenger, traveling from anchorage, alaska, through minneapolis, then to ft. lauderdale. legally checking his unloaded gun and separate ammunition into his baggage. after getting off the plane, a broward county commissioner
telling us, he went into a bathroom, where he loaded his weapon and came out firing, stopping only when he appeared to run out of bullets. then, laying on the ground until police came and arrested him. >> we have five individuals who have lost their lives. we still have people fighting for their lives in our hospitals. whoever is responsible will be held accountable to the full extent of the law. >> florida's governor just a short time ago. i want to bring in victor oquendo of our station wplj in my ma'am miami/ft. lauderdale. and victor, i understand there are still passengers out on that tarmac? >> reporter: hours later, david, and those passengers are still out there. so, right now, airport officials are doing everything they can to make them just a little more comfortable. we're told they are bringing out water, some food, other supplies. even some portable toilets, just to make this day go by a little more smoothly, as i said, make it just a little more comfortable for them. back where i am here, just about less than a mile away from the airport, what we've seen here is just hundreds of passengers, some of them without their
luggage, some carrying their luggage, others who have been trampled in this whole process, some not even wearing shoes, who have made their way, this long walk, from the airport, down this road, where they're now being picked up by either ubers, buses or taxis. this long day still has not ended for so many people. >> victor oquendo tonight, thank you, as well. and late today, while we were on the air, i spoke with eyewitnesses, just a few feet away from the gunman. we begin here with diane haggerty, working at a kiosk in the baggage claim, where he then opened fire. >> i was behind the kiosk. i had a perfect picture of him coming and walking up and down, shooting the people. i mean, i just can't believe that that was possible. >> so, diane, you were at a kiosk in what part of the airport? when you first saw him. were you in the baggage claim area? where were you? >> yes, that's where he shot. in the baggage claim. he shot everybody. we heard the noise. we thought it was -- we thought it was firecrackers, wise kids
were doing. and then, we looked down, because i knew where he came in, and we looked again, and we saw him with the gun going up and down. >> yeah. >> everybody said, get out, get out. he did nothing but swing the gun and shoot. >> people started yelling and screaming and running towards any door, exit to get out of there. he basically had a .9 millimeter gun, went through probably a couple dozen rounds. once he came into the terminal, he came through door two, he went towards the right, towards carousel two and three, and just started randomly shooting people at will. no rhyme, no reason. by the time he was done shooting, he basically threw the gun down on the ground and basically was laying spread eagle, face down on the ground, before any officers were really much in the area whatsoever. >> that's the first time we've heard a description like that. he was down on the ground? >> oh, yeah. he basically threw the gun on the ground and he laid down on the ground, face down, spread eagle. >> the eyewitnesses right there in the airport. and you heard senator nelson tell me earlier the suspect was found with a military i.d. on
him. it was not long after, a clearer portrait began to emerge of the suspect. and it turns out tonight, he was known to the fbi. here's our chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: esteban santiago remains a mystery tonight to federal authorities, still not sure what led this 26-year-old army veteran to allegedly go on his murderous rampage. but some of his social media accounts are now raising concerns. he was born in new jersey, but grew up in puerto rico. santiago's instagram profile page has photos of him in uniform as a member of the army national guard in puerto rico and alaska. he was deployed to iraq for a year and was discharged four months ago for unsatisfactory performance. santiago's profile statement reads, "here's to finding whether or not your mission on earth is finished. if you're still alive, it isn't." federal authorities tonight tell abc news that santiago recently received mental health treatment, after he showed up at the anchorage, alaska, fbi office, claiming the government
was forcing him to watch isis videos. agents described him as incoherent. tonight, fbi agents and police are at santiago's last known address at this trailer park in anchorage. and outside the home of his relatives in union city, new jersey. trying to decipher the troubled life of esteban santiago, and what brought him to the airport in ft. lauderdale with a gun. >> brian ross with us here tonight on this fast-moving investigation. and are federal officials now looking at this as a possible terror investigation? >> reporter: that hasn't yet been decided, david. but based on what he told the fbi, his rants about isis back in anchorage, it seems increasingly likely the joint terror task force will finally take over this investigation at some point soon. >> so, this could take a turn. brian ross tonight, thank you. i want to bring in our senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, because, pierre, when people watching hear that he was known to the fbi, boarded that plane, checking his gun in his luggage, and no red flags? >> reporter: david, sources say as far as they know, and it's early, the suspect was not on
any terrorism watch list or no-fly list. it appears the suspect was viewed by the fbi as having mental health issues, as opposed to being a terror threat. david, we're in a gray area here, because there appears to be a reference to isis, even though apparently the man was incoherent when he spoke to the fbi. and this raises questions about whether authorities at airports should be notified when a person who may have mental health issues is flying with a gun and ammunition in checked baggage. david, has another gap in the system been exposed? >> many more questions on this front. pierre, our thanks to you. and you heard pierre report, the shooter checked his weapon in, perfectly legal, before his flight, and his packed ammunition. many now asking, what is the procedure when flying with guns? abc's david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: somewhere tonight, someone is checking a firearm for a flight and it is perfectly legal. while the tsa confiscates hundreds of weapons at checkpoints in carry-ons, a gun owner who follows the rules can travel with a weapon as checked baggage, which esteban santiago apparently did.
>> the right way is, you take your firearm and you pack it at home. >> reporter: tsa requires that the weapon is unloaded. it has to be packed in a hard case -- plastic, wood or metal -- that must be locked. >> and then, when you go to check in for your flight, you got to check in at the counter and declare that you have a firearm. >> reporter: but it's not just the unloaded weapon that's allowed in that case. ammunition magazines and a small amount of small arms ammunition, which is boxed, can also be carried. checking a weapon in luggage compartment is a common practice. but neither the tsa nor the airline association could tell us, david, how many weapons travel each year. >> david kerley on this, our thanks to you and the entire team tonight. in the meantime, we turn to other news breaking at this hour. and after weeks of taking aim at the u.s. intelligence community, president-elect donald trump in the same room with intelligence officials, being briefed on their investigation into russia's hacking of the u.s. election. just hours before that briefing today, mr. trump calling it a, quote, political witch hunt. tonight, what the president-elect said after that
high-stakes meeting. abc's cecilia vega at trump tower. >> reporter: president-elect donald trump behind closed doors today, face-to-face for the first time with the highest levels of the nation's intelligence community. that classified meeting coming just days after he publicly bashed their findings that russia tried to interfere with the election. >> i also know things that other people don't know, and -- so, they cannot be sure of this situation. >> what do you know that other people don't know? >> you'll find out on tuesday or wednesday. >> reporter: tuesday and wednesday came and went with no announcement about what trump really knows. again and again, trump refusing to accept the findings of 17 u.s. intelligence agencies. >> they have no idea if it's russia or china or somebody -- it could be somebody sitting in a bed some place. >> reporter: just this morning, in an interview with "the new york times," he called it a witch hunt. hours later, trump sat across from the director of national intelligence, and the heads of
the fbi, cia and nsa as they presented their explosive report, concluding, quote -- "russian president vladimir putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the u.s. presidential election. to undermine public faith in the us democratic process, denigrate secretary clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency. we further assess putin and the russian government developed a clear preference for president-elect trump." parts of that report declassified tonight say russia "aspired to help president-elect trump's election chances when possible by discrediting secretary clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him." after the meeting, trump releasing a statement conceding russia, china and others are consistently trying to hack a variety of american institutions, including the dnc, but still not publicly accepting russia's interference in the election. trump saying, "there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election,
including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voegt machi voting machines." the investigation opening deep wounds between trump and the intelligence community. >> there's a difference between skepticism and disparagement. >> reporter: but in what is perhaps an olive branch, trump now calling his meeting with intelligence leaders "constructive." >> and so let's get right to cecilia vega, live at trump tower tonight. and cecilia, the president-elect now says that he's ordered an immediate review of how the u.s. can combat cyber-attacks? >> reporter: david, he says he's going to appoint an advisory team to give him that information, how to combat these cyber-attacks, within 90 days of taking office. david? >> cecilia vega with us again tonight. cecilia, thank you. and it was president obama, of course, who commissioned that intelligence report. the president now weighing in, during an exclusive interview late today with our george stephanopoulos. >> bottom line, this time, vladimir putin got what he wanted.
>> well, look, i think that what is true is that the russians intended to meddle and they meddled. i'll be honest with you, george, one of the things that i am concerned about is the degree to which we've seen a lot of commentary lately, where there are republicans, or pundits, or cable commentators, who seem to have more confidence in vladimir putin than fellow americans, because those fellow americans are democrats. that cannot be. >> does that include the president-elect? >> well, what i will say is that -- and i said this right after the election -- we have to remind ourselves, we're on the same team. vladimir putin is not on our team. >> george's exclusive with the president late today, and his full interview with president obama on "this week," sunday morning with george. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the deadly winter storm hitting tonight. the crippling system and dangerous driving expected this
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we're back now and our top story tonight, the deadly shooting at the ft. lauderdale airport this afternoon. it happened in the baggage claim in terminal two. the gunman, an army vet, leaving five dead, eight injured. tonight, we've learned the 26-year-old was known to the fbi, and the gun was checked legally in his luggage. we will have much more tonight on "nightline." i'm david muir. thank you for watching this week. i'll see you on monday. good night.
>> those arriving in the bay area from fort lauderdale were shocked to hear what happened at the airport they took off from. >> live doppler 7 showing a little green right now. right off your screen lurks a major danger tonight. >> i don't want my cottage to flood again. >> we have team coverage tonight as the bay area preps for a powerful storm this weekend. plus -- >> we are family, man. the pride of oakland this friday night. a group of teenagers celebrates a state championship with their entire community. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> live where you live. this is abc7 news. >> shots fired. >> security personnel run, run, run. >> we have a subject shot in the head. >> i jumped over the counter once i realized he was shooting. > looks like at least five or six victims. >> looks like a war zone in here. >> terror in terminal 2. a former u.s. service member
accused of opening fire in a crowded airport, killing five people. he's now in custody as investigators dig through his past to find a motive. good evening. thank you for joinin us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. investigators believe the gunman acted alone. they said 26-year-old esteban santiago seen in custody grabbed a land gun from one of his checked bags, opened fire at the baggage carousel of terminal two at the fort lauderdale airport. >> five killed, another eight injured. witnesses say the shooter kept firing till he ran out of bullets, then laid down to be arrested. witnesses got away as fast as they could, including one man in a wheelchair. >> i just heard screaming and not five minutes, people came running down the hall screaming gun, gunman was coming. so everybody ran and luggage flying, purses flying. and i can't move very fast because of surgery. so i got up and