FLL shooting victim released from hospital as shooter awaits next hearing

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A victim of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting has been released from the hospital, as the accused shooter awaits another hearing in federal court.

Four victims remain at Broward Health Medical Center, Tuesday, including two who are listed in critical condition. The other two are in stable condition, officials said.

The shooter charged with multiple counts of murder, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, is still at the Broward County Jail as he awaits next week’s court appearance.

“The most serious charge against him is the act of violence at an international airport,” said attorney David Weinstein. “That carries the potential of the death penalty.”

According to the FBI, Santiago believed he was being influenced by ISIS. Officials took Santiago’s gun from him but returned it in December.

Santiago opened fire in a baggage claim area, Friday afternoon, killing at least five people and injuring many more.

Broward County commissioners discussed the shooting at a commission meeting, Tuesday. “The moment of silence today takes on special meaning,” said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief. “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the victims, family members and our entire community affected by Friday’s tragic event.”

Sharief also thanked all first responders and airport personnel for their work during the shooting.

“They ran toward the danger when others ran away,” she said.

The commissioners vowed to figure out how the surveillance video from the shooting, which shows Santiago opening fire, was illegally obtained by TMZ, which has since been rebroadcast by many media outlets.

“We realize that it was a cell phone video of a monitor playing our actual footage,” Sharief said.

Sharief claimed someone in law enforcement leaked the footage, and because it’s a federal investigation, the FBI is now involved.

A Broward Sheriff’s Deputy has been suspended with pay for allegedly obtaining the surveillance video and selling it to TMZ.

“It is disheartening. I mean that video shows the last seconds of someone’s life, and their family member has to continue to look at that,” Sharief said. “That’s just not representative of Broward County and how sorry we are and how bad we feel for their loss.”

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