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Suspect in Fort Lauderdale Attack Booked and Held for Murder, Airport Slowly Resumes Flights

Suspect in Fort Lauderdale Attack Booked and Held for Murder, Airport Slowly Resumes FlightsiStock/Thinkstock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) --  Esteban Santiago, the alleged perpetrator of a deadly shooting spree Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, was booked overnight into the Broward County Jail and is being held for murder, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office's website.

The shooting spree in Terminal 2's baggage claim area left five people dead, and eight people wounded. Officials have yet to identify the victims.

Another 30 to 40 individuals were sent to area hospitals for other injuries, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a press conference late Friday night. The condition of the wounded and the others who went to hospitals is unclear.

Israel described the shooting as "a cowardly heinous act."

 Santiago's booking record on the website includes his booking photo. The record's charge information section includes the notes "hold for US Marshals Office" and "pending trial." He was spotted Friday night being transported to Broward County Main Jail.

The Army veteran is described as a 5-foot-8-inches tall, 135-pound Hispanic male born on March 16, 1990.

 Israel said Santiago, 26, has been interviewed by the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Santiago will also face federal charges and will likely make his first court appearance on Monday, FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said at the press conference.

 The FBI has not ruled out any motive, including terrorism. Authorities said Santiago did not try to take any hostages, nor did he make any statements while firing off a semi-automatic handgun.

It is unclear why he traveled to Florida from Alaska, Piro said. He traveled on Delta Airlines and changed planes in Minneapolis.

Piro said Santiago voluntarily visited the FBI office in Anchorage in November. He stated he did not want to harm anyone, but his behavior prompted them to turn him over to local police, who took him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. After a series of checks, the case was closed, Piro said.

 The entire airport was closed to departing and arriving flights following the shooting. Cargo and general aviation (private small planes, corporate jets) operations resumed at midnight.

Commercial flights slowly started to resume at 5 a.m. Saturday, but the airport said flights may still be canceled or delayed.

Terminal 2 will remain closed until further notice, the airport's committee outreach coordinator, Allan Siegel, told ABC News early Saturday morning.

Siegel said the two airlines that fly out of Terminal 2 -- Delta Airlines and Air Canada -- will operate from other terminals.

Commercial flights will resume on Saturday. Even though #FLL will open, your flight may be cancelled so please check with your airline.

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The South Braces for Storm of Snow and Ice

The South Braces for Storm of Snow and IceABC News(ATLANTA) -- With a devastating winter storm seizing half of the U.S. in its snowy grip, bringing snow and ice, states across the South warned residents Friday to stay off the roads and stock up on food.

"This is a very serious weather event," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Friday. "My only concern is, is that I don't think people have an appreciation for the gravity of it."

Across the country, 28 states were under winter weather alerts Friday. Winter storm warnings stretched from the deep South to Boston. Norfolk and Virginia Beach faced blizzard warnings, with low visibility expected tonight into Saturday.

At least five southern states, including South and North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Virginia, were already under a state of emergency as forecasts called for the possibility of 1 to 3 inches of snow.

In parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, ice was already forming. In Nashville, Tennessee, more than 300 crashes were reported in less than four hours. In Kentucky, icy roads were blamed for a car crash that killed one man.

@WKRN #metropolice #stuckonTyne pic.twitter.com/5syEILu2PO

— Kevin Voyles (@voyleke1) January 6, 2017

Across the South, long lines snaked through grocery stores as people stocked up on food and other items. In Raleigh, North Carolina, residents were urged to have a three-day supply of food. Staples such as water, milk and canned goods were being cleared off the shelves.

I feel like every grocery store is crazy right now! Can't imagine what it's gonna be like post 6 o'clock when most folks get out of work😳 pic.twitter.com/5neIvv4Ri7

— Elaina Athans (@AthansABC11) January 5, 2017

In Georgia, state patrol officers handed out flyers to warn truckers of road dangers, as residents were urged to avoid all unnecessary travel and tanker trucks pre-treated roads with brine. At Atlanta's airport Friday, airlines canceled more than 370 flights -- 250 additional cancellations were expected Saturday.

The storm will move north Saturday, pushing through the Carolinas and to the Northeast.

The heaviest snow is expected in North Carolina and Virginia, where some spots could see 6 inches to more than a foot. Maryland, Delaware and the Jersey Shore were expected to get 4 inches to 6 inches of snow. Southern New England, including Connecticut, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts, could see 6 to 8 inches of snow.

Forecasts said temperatures were then expected to plummet in the South and across the East Coast, keeping the snow and ice on the roads until early next week.

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