Friday morning a 26-year-old man opened fire in the Ft. Lauderdale airport, killing five, hitting another six with shots and sending another 36 to the hospital with injuries sustained in the mayhem the attack created at the baggage carousel area.

The shooter, initially identified as Hispanic Army veteran, Esteban Santiago, surrendered to law enforcement officers at the scene and was taken into custody to be charged with the deadly use of a firearm and performing an act of violence at an airport.

No motive for the attack is known.

The media quickly – maybe too quickly – began releasing details of Santiago’s background, painting him as a mentally troubled Army veteran from Alaska who had sought help when he went to an FBI field office because he believed the government was forcing him to watch ISIS videos in an effort to make him join the Islamic terror group.

The details came from Florida Sen. Bill Nelson.

The mainstream media, along with many Democrat politicians decried more gun violence and used the incident to demand tighter gun control laws.

But a photograph of Santiago wearing a keffiyeh, a Palestinian Arab scarf, and giving the ISIS one fingered salute raised concerns of a well-respected local real estate businessman, Jim Morlock, who fired off a letter to Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Morlock demanded to know, “Since when does a US Senator (Bill Nelson), not law enforcement, be the one to so quickly release this terrorist’s Hispanic name but nothing about his more relevant Islamic background?”

He claims he has evidence that the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter is actually a radicalized Muslim who went by the name Aashiq Hammad, lived close to the only mosque in Alaska, downloaded terror propaganda, recorded Islamic music online and joined the military despite his known sympathies.

The businessman claims “it’s better to portray this atrocity as white Hispanic Alaskan mental Iraq war vet gun violence,” adding that Sen. Nelson would be protecting President Obama’s legacy by hiding the truth about the shooter’s true identity.

There are reports the FBI has recovered Santiago/Hammad’s computer from a pawnshop and is scrubbing it for information that would reveal his motive for the attack and reveal any links to terror groups.

Local law enforcement, as well as the FBI and Homeland Security continue to question why the shooter would travel from Alaska to specifically attack Ft. Lauderdale, following a lead that an al Qaeda terrorist, Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, known to authorities in Broward County also had a Hispanic identity as Javier Robles.

The Florida city known as a destination for students during Spring Brea and a departure point for ocean cruises and the victims included grandparents leaving on a family cruise.

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