The family had just returned from a Caribbean cruise and were about to board a flight to Detroit when a gunman began spraying bullets in a baggage terminal at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Panic and chaos ensued.
“A rush of people screaming for their lives came rushing like a tsunami toward us,” said Lariviere, a seventh-grade teacher in Windsor, Ontario. “We threw our children underneath the seats and laid on top of them.”
Unsure what to do or where to go, Courtney and her family rushed down the jetway and onto the tarmac and sprinted across the runway, at one point even considering scaling a barbed wire fence to get to safety.
Eventually, the family climbed through a hole in a fence into a rental car facility, where Lariviere said some 50 families also were hiding.
But lost in the commotion was Rufus. He’d been left behind at the terminal gate.
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