The man suspected of killing five people and wounding several others in a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday canceled an earlier trip to New York City,ABC News reported Monday, citing officials.
Esteban Santiago, the ABC report said, originally planned to fly to New York on New Year’s Eve but canceled his ticket and flew on a one-way fare to Florida instead.
FBI spokesman George Piro said during a Friday-night news conference that the agency was looking at other states to which Santiago may have been connected.
The Associated Press reported on Saturday that officials believed Santiago traveled to Florida specifically to carry out the attack.
It is unclear why he canceled his original flight to New York City, ABC said.
Federal law-enforcement officers and local police officers flooded the streets of New York City on New Year’s Eve in a show of force after a year of terrorist attacks that claimed lives in places including Berlin and Nice, France.