Four cruise passengers were among the five people shot dead at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
84-year-old, Olga Woltering, originally from Ipswich in Suffolk, but lived on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, was one of those killed during a mass shooting in the baggage hall at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on Friday.
Olga was on her way to join a cruise to celebrate her husband’s 90th birthday with her family, when the suspected shooter, Esteban Santiago, opened fire in the baggage reclaim area.
They had travelled a day early, ready to embark the ship on Saturday afternoon.
57-year-old, Michael Oehme, from Iowa, was also among those that died during the shooting. The travel lover, who had taken many cruises in the past, was travelling with his wife, Kari Oehme, who was shot in the shoulder, but survived, and is currently recovering in hospital.
67-year-old, Terry Andres, was celebrating his birthday on the day of the shooting, and was looking forward to embarking on a 16-day cruise aboard Caribbean Princess.
Andres and his wife, Ann Andres, flew to Fort Lauderdale from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He died at the baggage reclaim area of Terminal 2, as he went to fetch a luggage trolley.
70-year-old, Shirley Timmons died, and her husband, Steve Timmons, also 70, was shot in the head. He received emergency surgery, and is currently in a critical condition at a Fort Lauderdale hospital. They were heading off on a family cruise to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary.
The identity of the fifth person killed has not yet been released.
In a statement, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, said: “A lone gunman, Esteban Santiago, 26, opened fire in the baggage claim area, killing five people and wounding eight others.
“Airport operations were completely halted as deputies and officers from local, state and federal agencies fanned across airport property to ensure there were no additional threats present.”
The 26-year-old suspect has been charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death. If convicted he could face the death penalty. He admitted he had planned the mass shooting and had only bought a one-way ticket from his home in Alaska.