America is once again mourning the victims of another mass shooting after five people were shot dead at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida yesterday.
However one man appears to have had a lucky escape from the horror thanks to an unlikely source of protection. An Apple MacBook Pro probably wouldn’t be far up the list of most people’s supplies in a gunfire, but this time it seems to have done the job.
That’s according to Steve Frappier, who told CNN that the computer in his backpack apparently shielded him from the shooter, blocking a bullet that otherwise could have killed or wounded him.
Frappier, who was in the baggage claim area where the shooting take place, said that he fell to the floor with his backpack still on in an effort to protect himself when he heard shots. He then felt something hit his back, but presumed it was other bags falling off the carousel – until he opened up his backpack later and saw something extraordinary.
Embedded in the front pocket of his backpack, having apparently passed through or by his laptop, was a bullet. The MacBook Pro, which had been given to him by his unversity, showed severe damage, suggesting that the bullet at least grazed past it or was deflected away from Frappier’s back.
After discovering the bullet, Frappier took his laptop straight to the FBI, who confirmed that the 9mm bullet had been fired by shooter Esteban Santiago. The bureau concluded that he bullet passed through the slight opening, first hitting the laptops display and continuing through the aluminium body and battery of the MacBook before exiting through the side intake vents.
Frappier told CNN’s AC360, “I dropped and the backpack was still on my back and I was turned in such a way where that at one point when the shooter shot toward my direction … there was a bullet that ricocheted.”
“It was only later when I went to the bathroom to check myself out 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.”
“The way that it ricocheted and entered my bag. That would have been my back.”
“The backpack saved my life.”
The news is not the first time one of Apple’s products has successfully saved its owner from death. Back in September 2015, a California student was saved from gunfire after his iPhone deflected away a bullet shot by a would-be mugger. The victim was unscathed, however the unfortunate smartphone suffered a shattered screen. Source: express