Laptop Takes Bullet For Passenger In Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

Carrying a laptop through an airport can be a real pain. However, in the case of Atlanta school counselor Steve Frappier, 37, it was a lifesaver.

As the bullets of a lone shooter were flying through the Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday, the one that could have taken Frappier’s life was blocked by the MacBook Pro that was stuffed in his backpack.

Frappier told the Miami Herald he heard someone shout “He’s got a gun! Get down!” Then witnessed the assailant, later identified at Esteban Santiago, 26, firing his gun at the passengers in the baggage claim area in Terminal 2.

Details of the incident were posted on Facebook, “He never said anything the entire time,” Frappier said. “He was cool, calm and collected. He never grimaced…. If I didn’t have that backpack on, the bullet would have shot me between the shoulders. It still doesn’t feel real.”

According to the Facebook post, “He then felt a muffled impact on his back and thought it was just luggage that fell on him…. It wasn’t until after the gunman surrendered that Frappier got up in a daze and went to the bathroom. He opened his backpack and saw a bullet hole in his school-issued Macbook Pro.”

During the shooting, 5 people were killed and 8 were taken to a nearby hospital. Law enforcement officials are still trying to figure out the motive for the gun rampage and suspect it may be related to mental health issue Santiago was struggling with.

Featured image: Facebook/Miami Al Dia

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