Iowa man dies after being shot at Fort Lauderdale airport, family says
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KPTM) - Fox 42 has learned that a Council Bluffs couple was shot at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday.
According to family members, Michael Oehme was killed. His wife, Kari Oehme, survived after being shot in the neck.
The family says one of Kari's relatives is traveling to Florida to be with her. The family hasn't heard anything from police.
The Oehmes were in Fort Lauderdale, Florida because they were leaving for a cruise.
Michael, 57, was a land surveyor and owned a business in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mark Lea was also at the Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday. He says he had a conversation with the Oehmes and helped them after they were hit by bullets. He says he saw the gunman, identified by police as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, shooting people in the baggage claim area and rushed over to help the couple.
"There was a couple of older ladies that I helped out, get outside, ran back inside, tried to get a couple other people out toward the door, as well as stay out of the line of fire from the shooter," Lea said.
Lea says the whole incident lasted less than a minute.
"Didn't matter you were a man, woman, child, white, black, whatever - didn't make a difference. If you were in his path, you got shot," Lea said.
Authorities say five people were killed and six were injured in Friday's shooting. Security is being stepped up at airports across the country.