FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WKBN) – Former Mayor and Sharon City Councilman Bob Lucas and his wife, Shauna, were in the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday when a gunman opened fire.
They were on their way to a friend’s memorial service when they were caught in the middle of the chaos. It’s an experience they won’t soon forget.
“We just heard tons of screaming and people running, and it almost looks like a movie scene,” Bob told WKBN 27 First News over the phone Friday afternoon. “If you look around, you just see luggage everywhere in the terminal, shoes and what not. People just took off.”
They were walking from terminal 4 to terminal 2 to pick up their rental car when they heard screaming and police.
“We were halfway in the parking garage, and there was all kinds of screaming, and people running and they’re saying it’s a shooting, it’s another shooting. Then police showed up, telling everyone to get down on the ground, down on the ground. So my wife and I hid between two cars and our luggage,” Bob said.
Under police supervision, they were able to make it back inside the terminal.
But as Bob kept an eye on their bags, he and his wife were separated.
That’s when Shauna saw someone get arrested by police with their guns drawn, right in front of her.
Bob snapped some photos as it was happening.
Bob Lucas’ account of Florida airport shooting
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“An announcement came over, ‘Everyone stay over and only obey the commands of police officers,'” he said.
The scene at the Fort Lauderdale airport was still very active Friday night.
As of about 8 p.m., the last of the evacuated passengers, who spent hours sitting on the tarmac outside waiting to hear from authorities, were escorted through the airport to buses.
From there, they went to one of two staging areas – a local convention center or a port.