Incident Summary:

01/06/2017: An assailant opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. At least five people were killed and six other people were injured in the assault. Esteban Santiago admitted that he had discussed his plans for the attack in various jihadi online chat rooms. Moreover, Santiago stated that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was forcing him to view Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) videos.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Fort Lauderdale

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Specific Description Airport
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A 9-mm pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that Santiago was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Additionally, Santiago claimed that the United States government was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) videos, while the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was forcing him to join the group. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 5
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 6
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"US veteran arrested over Fort Lauderdale shooting," Al Jazeera, January 7, 2017.
"Fort Lauderdale airport shooter's motives still not clear, FBI says," CBC, January 7, 2017.
"Fort Lauderdale Shooting Exposes Airport Security Gaps, Experts Say," Time, January 6, 2017.