By Mikey Campbell
Friday, January 06, 2017, 06:21 pm PT (09:21 pm ET)
Steve Frappier, a witness to Friday’s deadly shooting at a Fort Lauderdale airport, revealed in an interview with CNN that an Apple MacBook Pro in his backpack took a stray bullet during the harrowing scene, likely saving his life.
On Friday, a gunman identified by authorities as Alaska native Esteban Santiago pulled a weapon out of his checked bag and opened fire on unsuspecting travelers picking up their luggage at a baggage claim in Fort Lauderdale’s airport. Five people were killed and eight wounded in the attack.
In describing the grisly scene to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Frappier said he, too, was shot in the back while taking cover on the ground. Luckily, he was lying prone, his backpack making a “tortoise-like” shell. Inside the pack was a MacBook Pro and other miscellaneous items.
As seen in the image above, the bullet from Santiago’s gun traveled through an opening in the backpack and apparently hit the laptop’s display, continuing through the aluminum unibody chassis, battery and other circuitry before exiting near the side intake vents.
The bullet ultimately came to rest in the backpack’s front pocket.
Frappier said he hastily stowed the MacBook Pro before debarking, leaving the backpack flap slightly ajar. Upon inspecting the bag and laptop, law enforcement agents determined the bullet likely passed through the small opening, meaning it was not deflected before coming into contact with the Apple hardware.
It is not yet clear what type of pistol Santiago used to commit the act.