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Florida officials investigating TMZ video of airport shooting suspect

Here are the first video of the shooter at the Ft. Lauderdale airport, the shooter walked casually through baggage claim before suddenly pulling his gun out and wreaking havoc. Esteban Santiago, 26, is accused of opening fire at Fort Lauderdale airport, killing five people and injuring six others.

He is charged with carrying out an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death, which carries a maximum punishment of execution.

Airport officials are investigating how video obtained by purporting to show the first shots fired by Esteban Santiago at the Fort Lauderdale airport has emerged, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said Sunday.

According to Sun Sentinel:

The “footage was being played in a secure room for only people with certain security clearances,” Sharief said. She is concerned that whoever released the video did it to make money.
“Nobody gives TMZ a video for free. You ever heard of that?” Sharief said.
A February article in the New Yorker magazine revealed how TMZ pays thousands of dollars to land exclusives, going as high as $80,000 for video of a 15-year-old Justin Bieber using racially insensitive language while singing “One Less Lonely Girl” a cappella.
Sharief said airport executives, with federal and local authorities, are investigating who had access to the video and recorded it, “because it’s a crime to do that.”
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel had no comment on the TMZ video.
Israel said the FBI is leading the investigation. “Anything that’s released or not released will be up to the FBI,” Israel said.

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