Yasmani Grandal was at the Fort Lauderdale Airport during shooting

Monday January 9th, 2017

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal says that he was at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday afternoon when a gunman opened fire in the baggage claim area and killed five people.

“Fortunate to say I am safe and so is my family. In a very dark January afternoon,” Grandal wrote on Instagram. “God works in mysterious ways. I thank him for putting us in the right spot at the right time. 5 minutes later and one terminal down idk where I would be right now... My condolences go out to all the victims families whose lives have changed forever.”

Esteban Santiago, a 26-year-old man from New Jersey, has confessed to the shooting and faces three charges in federal court. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.

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Grandal was not the only MLB player with ties to the airport shooting. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's parents were traveling through the airport earlier in the day.

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