Northampton man rushed to contact father after Florida airport shooting

One local says family will likely be more vigilant when traveling

People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooter opened fire inside the terminal, killing several people and wounding others before being taken into custody, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) – Local residents rushed to get in contact with family in the Fort Lauderdale area following Friday’s shooting.

Northampton resident Carmelo Oliveras said his father, a retired police officer, lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and his his family travels often. Oliveras said Friday’s attack was a wake-up call to what could happen even in small communities like his own.

“For me it was a wake-up call; I immediately called and everybody is fine, but it’s a scary thing when it’s a tiny little airport, and it’s nothing that’s huge. When you think about it, we have a quaint little community, and our transportation isn’t so tightly secure,” said Oliveras.

Oliveras said his family will probably be more vigilant and aware when traveling.

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