BEACON TRANSCRIPT – On Friday, a shooting has taken place at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in South Florida. Five people were killed and eight were wounded in the attack. A witness to the incident claimed he was saved by his laptop when it blocked a bullet.
Steve Frappier, aged 37, declared he heard firecracker noises in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 but did not think much of it, since airports are pretty noisy places. Afterwards, someone yelled that there was an armed man among them and they all got down on the floor. Frappier watched the gunman firing at people and even saw a man getting shot in the head just 10 feet away from him.
Frappier remained profoundly struck by the calm and composure with which the cold-blooded killer shot his victims. The shooter was later on identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago. Frappier continued his recollection and stated that he stood lying on the floor with the backpack facing up, like a tortoise. That proved to be a smart move because the killer turned and shot at him. He felt something hitting him in the back but at the moment he thought it might have been some falling luggage.
It was only after the shooting was over and the police had already arrested Santiago that Frappier discovered what had actually happened. He went to the bathroom only to discover a bullet had entered his backpack and ripped through a corner of his laptop. Afterwards, the FBI agents discovered a 9-mm bullet inside the backpack.
The bullet hit through the backpack, ran through the casing of the laptop and ended up in an interior pocket of the backpack. The Apple MacBook held a jagged hole where the bullet struck, saving Frappier’s life. If he had not been wearing the backpack, the bullet would have cut through his back between his shoulders as if nothing had been there. Frappier still cannot contain himself over what happened.
After the chaos caused by the shooting, airport police arrested Santiago as he was trying to run through a departure gate. A police official declared that Santiago had entered an FBI office in his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, in November, and said voices in his head were urging him to commit acts of violence and that an U.S. intelligence agency were controlling his mind. The officials sent him to see specialized help.
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