A mass shooting tragedy occurred today, just before 1pm, in the baggage claim of the Fort Lauderdale airport. At least five people are dead, eight wounded, and a lot of additional information about both the assailant and his victims are still coming to light (at the time of writing this).
One story that the geek community in particular will note about this Fort Lauderdale attack is that it could've very easily claimed a high-profile victim: The Flash's current Weather Wizard and former Spartacus star, Liam McIntyre. The actor was on site at the Fort Lauderdale airport when the shooting took place, and shared a pretty harrowing account of what could've been an even more tragic turn of fate:
This is one of those moments that makes you realize how a slight turn from the hand of fate can change things drastically in your life...
Dear God. Was in a different terminal to see @Erin_McIntyre8 on her flight. Then there was a shooting at the terminal I was meant to be at.— Liam McIntyre (@Liam_J_McIntyre) January 6, 2017
Welcome to America
People from other countries hear about our never-ending wave of mass shootings; living it is, apparently, quite a different kind of culture shock.
Thanks mate, wow, America just got real for this Aussie. https://t.co/KCWOyUbA8a— Liam McIntyre (@Liam_J_McIntyre) January 6, 2017
Once his own safety was confirmed, McIntrye's immediate thought went to the victims who weren't as fortunate as him today.
Praying for all the people caught in the ft. Lauderdale shooting a terminal over. Dear God.— Liam McIntyre (@Liam_J_McIntyre) January 6, 2017
Even the most skeptical person woudld be allowed to feel a moment of soul-searching after such a tragic and violent event. McIntyre wasn't one to ignore his fortune.
Yep. Very much so. https://t.co/kmNL6n1yPL— Liam McIntyre (@Liam_J_McIntyre) January 6, 2017
Like with any big calamity, waiting for things to truly feel safe again is tense process.
Terminal one alarms at fort lauderdale airport. Police with guns drawn. Still developing here. Be safe. @AmySherman1— Liam McIntyre (@Liam_J_McIntyre) January 6, 2017
...That moment when the feeling of safety and security is found again.
Okay, been evacuated to a separate area. Today is solidly terrifying. Hopefully it's under control now. Stay safe.— Liam McIntyre (@Liam_J_McIntyre) January 6, 2017
Note of Hope
It wasn't all death and terror in the end...
Just saw a family reunited with their 5 year old. That made everyone feel a bit better! Thank goodness for some good news!— Liam McIntyre (@Liam_J_McIntyre) January 6, 2017
Live Another Day
McIntyre let fans know when he was clear of the scene - the exact moment it probably started sinking in just how close tragedy came.
With all the death and destruction of this horrible attack, this is a small (but welcome) happy ending anecdote. We just wish everyone at that airport had one today...
Out. Safe. Wow. Thoughts and prayers to those who weren't so lucky.— Liam McIntyre (@Liam_J_McIntyre) January 6, 2017