Man at Fort Lauderdale Shooting Says MacBook Saved His Life

New Jersey-born Iraq veteran Esteban Santiago was identified as the gunman behind the massacre

Steve Frappier was among the travellers inside Terminal 2 of the Fort Lauderdale International Airport when a gunman began shooting people at random when he heard "popping, like firecrackers".

Frappier realized the same thing he used to do business or entertain himself on a layover - would also save his life.

Then someone yelled, "He's got a gun, get down!"

A man who witnessed the shooting at a Florida airport narrowly escaped death when his laptop stopped a bullet from hitting his body.

Luckily, it hit his backpack which had his laptop inside and prevented him from suffering any injury.

American Steve Frappier dived for cover when Esteban Santiago opened fire - blasting a shot directly at the rucksack on his back. "He was cool, calm and collected".

The shooter turned to fire at Frappier and he felt something strike him in the back, but he thought it might have been luggage falling from the suitcase conveyor belt, he said to the Herald.

"It was only later when I went to the bathroom to check myself out that the bullet had entered my backpack, hit my laptop", he said, "and then later when I gave my backpack over to the FBI for investigation, they found the bullet in the pocket..."

"It hit just so through the open backpack, exited, ran through the laptop and the casing and landed in an interior pocket of the backpack", the Atlanta school counselor who was in town for an education conference, he added. The bullet seems to have ripped a hole into the frame of the computer, bending the aluminum in the isolated area around where it struck. "He shot toward my direction ... and a bullet ricocheted. The way it ricocheted and entered my back (pack), that would have been my back". "That would have been my back", Frappier said.

Santiago told officials he was hearing voices in his head, some of which were telling him to join ISIS and watch their videos, and was taken to hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The names of the five people killed are beginning to come out in the wake of the deadly incident.

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