Broward County

Authorities investigating leak after TMZ releases video of airport shooting

Esteban Santiago is taken to Broward County Jail on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.
Esteban Santiago is taken to Broward County Jail on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Photo Courtesy of David Knapp

TMZ has released video footage that the website says shows the initial seconds of the deadly airport shooting in Fort Lauderdale last week.

The 20-second recording posted onto TMZ's website shows a man walking through the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale airport. The man then pulls a handgun from his waistband, starts firing and runs.

TMZ does not say where it obtained the video, although it appears to be from a surveillance camera.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said Sunday that the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the airport’s security team is investigating who leaked the video, which is a cell phone recording of airport surveillance footage.

“Only a select number of people had access to this video,” she said. “What’s troubling about this video being out there is we don’t want copycats.”

She called the release of the video a “distraction,” as federal and local officials investigate the shooting. “Our priority needs to be on the actual investigation.”

Esteban Santiago is facing federal charges in the aftermath of the shooting that killed five people, injured six and left thousands of travelers stranded and terrified.

Santiago could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges he faces.

The 26-year-old Santiago is an Iraq war veteran. He was born in New Jersey and grew up in Puerto Rico.

Miami Herald reporter Carli Teproff contributed to this report.