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Family Sues Delta, Others Over Mass Shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport

David Di Pietro,CEO of Di Pietro Partners.

Olga Woltering and her husband, Ralph, thought they’d have a safer trip to Fort Lauderdale if they left Georgia one day ahead of a snowstorm threatening their state.

They were wrong.

Olga Woltering was one of five people killed Jan. 6, 2017, in a mass shooting by gunman Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, who opened fire in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Now, her family wants to hold Delta Air Lines, airport operators, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and two security companies responsible for her death as other suits loom. It retained Di Pietro Partners, a Fort Lauderdale law firm headed in part by former Broward Judges Jay Spechler and Gary Cowart.

The firm represents two other families whose relatives died or were injured in the airport shooting. It plans to file additional suits on their behalf.

Meanwhile, Woltering’s son,

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Family Sues Delta, Others Over Mass Shooting at Fort Lauderdale …

David Di Pietro,CEO of Di Pietro Partners.

Olga Woltering and her husband, Ralph, thought they’d have a safer trip to Fort Lauderdale if they left Georgia one day ahead of a snowstorm threatening their state.

They were wrong.

Olga Woltering was one of five people killed Jan. 6, 2017, in a mass shooting by gunman Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, who opened fire in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Now, her family wants to hold Delta Air Lines, airport operators, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and two security companies responsible for her death as other suits loom. It retained Di Pietro Partners, a Fort Lauderdale law firm headed in part by former Broward Judges Jay Spechler and Gary Cowart.

The firm represents two other families whose relatives died or were injured in the airport shooting. It plans to file additional suits on their behalf.

Meanwhile, Woltering’s son,

Read more at: https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/sites/dailybusinessreview/2018/01/11/family-sues-delta-others-over-mass-shooting-at-fort-lauderdale-airport/

Changes At Fort Lauderdale Airport Highlight One Year Anniversary Of Mass Shooting

Fort Lauderdale airport unprepared for shooting, outside review finds

Airport officials weren’t prepared to handle a mass crisis, clashed with law enforcement, and some workers simply didn’t know what to do in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 shooting that left five dead at Fort Lauderdale airport, according to a review by an outside consultant released Tuesday.

The 82-page report found that the Broward Sheriff’s Office overstepped its authority by taking control of duties that should have been left to airport officials. Also faulted: the airport’s “inadequate” plans to care for and efficiently evacuate passengers in an emergency.

The review is the latest to reaffirm a Sun Sentinel investigation published in April. The Sheriff’s Office in June released a draft evaluation of its own response, also echoing the Sun Sentinel’s findings.

Prosecutors turning over huge amount of evidence to defense in mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport

Prosecutors handling the case against a man accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at Fort Lauderdale’s international airport are still turning over massive amounts of evidence to the defense, they said in court on Friday.

In the coming weeks, they plan to hand over electronic evidence from computers and phones used by Esteban Santiago before the Jan. 6 mass shooting.

Both sides said they are still interviewing numerous potential witnesses who may have information about the shooting and Santiago’s state of mind.

The defense team, from the Federal Public Defender’s office, said Santiago, 27, is continuing to take medication for schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. They said his condition appears to have stabilized and he remains legally competent to stand trial.

Judge has concerns about airport shooting suspect's mental health

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Man accused of Fort Lauderdale mass shooting has mental illness but can stand trial

The Alaskan military veteran accused of fatally shooting five travelers and wounding six others at Fort Lauderdale airport suffers from mental illness, but with the help of medication Esteban Santiago can stand trial, a federal judge said Wednesday.

After finding the defendant competent for now, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said she wanted to monitor the 27-year-old on a monthly basis and hoped to hold his trial in October. But Bloom also recognized that it might take a year for federal prosecutors and the Justice Department to decide whether to charge him with the death penalty in the Jan. 6 mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

“I would hope we have a trial date this year,” Bloom said.

Santiago, who was first held at the Broward County Jail and is now at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, has been diagnosed by doctors with two psychotic illnesses: schizophrenia and

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Fort Lauderdale Mass Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to 22 Federal Counts

The suspected mass shooter in a deadly attack earlier this month at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has pleaded not guilty to his nearly two dozen charges, PEOPLE confirms.

Esteban Santiago, 26, entered his plea during an arraignment on Monday morning. He has been accused in a 22-count federal indictment in connection with the Jan. 6 shooting that killed five people and wounded six more. 

A judge read each count to Santiago and asked him if he understood the charges, according to CBS News. At the end of the hearing, Santiago’s attorney told the judge he pleaded not guilty to all the charges. He is requesting a jury trial.

Santiago’s defense attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Staffing cuts had left area of mass shooting in Lauderdale airport unguarded

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VIDEOS: SHOOTING AT FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORTSecond court appearance for airport shooter | 0:38

Esteban Santiago left the Broward County Jail for his second court appearance on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.
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VIDEOS: SHOOTING AT FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORTShooting survivor reflects on her experience | 3:09

Fort Lauderdale shooting survivor, Annika Dean, didn’t know if she would live or die.
Katie Klann/Naples Daily News

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VIDEOS: SHOOTING AT FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORTTerminal 2 sees long lines of Delta passengers | 0:38

Delta passengers wait in a line that wraps outside at Terminal 2 to check in and check bags.
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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport Operations Resume After Mass Shooting

The Fort Lauderdale Airport is back up and running Saturday evening, with operations resuming for cargo and general aviation activity around midnight.

However, operations for commercial service air and passenger service did not resume until 5 a.m. Saturday morning in Terminals 1, 3, and 4. Delta Airlines resumed operations at Terminal 2  6 p.m. Saturday. However, the baggage claim area at Terminal 2 remained closed. Delta passegers are being rerouted to Terminal 3 to pick up their checked bags. 

Delta has arranged buses for passengers from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3. Friday afternoon, lone gunman Esteban Santiago, opened fire at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2, killing five people. 

Sabrina Jacobs said she’s just trying to pick up her luggage and is thankful to be alive.

“I was hiding over there under some stair wells because they thought there was a second shooter above me,” Jacobs said. “I

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Victims identified after mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport

A volunteer firefighter from Virginia was among the five people shot to death by a lone gunman at Fort Lauderdale International Airport Friday afternoon, family members revealed as investigators were still scouring the blood-splattered airport for evidence.

Terry Andres was about to go on vacation with his wife when 26-year-old Esteban Santiago opened fire inside the busy Florida airport’s second terminal, prompting scores of terrified travelers to run for their lives and onto the tarmac.

Andres, 62, was one of those who didn’t make it out in time.

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Terry Andres, shown with his wife of 40 years, was shot to death at Fort Lauderdale International Airport Friday.

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The Virginia Beach man died inside the terminal after being shot multiple times, his daughter told a local TV station. His wife

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