Steve Frappier was one of many witnesses to yesterday’s shooting at the Fort Lauderdale shooting that left five people dead.
The 37-year-old told
CNN he heard what sounded like firecrackers and didn’t think much of it until someone yelled, “He’s got a gun, get down!”
and observed the shooter picking off victims, one of whom was as close as 10 feet away.
Frappier said that at one point he felt something strike him in the back but he thought it was simply luggage falling from a nearby conveyor belt.
It wasn’t until later that he realized how wrong he was.
“When I went to the bathroom to check myself out [I realized] that the bullet had entered my backpack, hit my laptop and then later when I gave my backpack over to the FBI for investigation they found the bullet in the pocket of my backpack,” he said.
Frappier said an FBI agent later told him that laptop had likely saved his life.
“The way that it ricocheted and entered my bag,” he said, “that would have been my back.”
“It still doesn’t feel real.”
He wasn’t the only one stunned by the apparent miracle. When Frappier spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the host appeared absolutely floored.
“That’s incredible,” said Cooper.
Yesterday’s shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport left five people dead and wounded eight, according to The New York Times. NYT also reports that federal officials have described the gunman, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, as “mentally disturbed.”
It’s believed he may have heard voices encouraging acts of violence. One official said the gunman expressed belief “that his mind was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency.”