E-town College swim team narrowly misses airport shooting


Members of the Elizabethtown College swim team are reported safe after the team flew into the Ft. Lauderdale airport Friday.

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

According to a post from the college on their Facebook page, all 32 members of the men's and women's swim teams, as well as two coaches, are safe. The team flew into the Florida airport and exited just before the shooting incident occurred according to LancasterOnline. The team was in South Florida for practice and a competition at Lynn University, the post states.

5 dead, 8 wounded in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting

The shooting killed five people and injured eight at the airport's Terminal 2 Friday.

Elizabeth Braungard, director of marketing and communications for the college told the York Dispatch Saturday afternoon that the students had not seen or heard anything after they had landed other than some emergency personnel at the scene.

“They were on their way to the hotel… as the emergency vehicles were arriving,” she said.

Braungard said the team flew into Terminal 1.

"They actually weren't aware that anything had happened," she said, adding that they didn't find out until they checked their phones after the flight.

Braungard said one student flew in separately from the team, and landed shortly after the shooting was reported. Braungard said it was about 12 hours before the student could be picked up.

“She was held at the airport just for security purposes," Braungard said.

She said the team's itinerary has not been changed after the shootings, and they intend to be there until Wednesday.

For a full story, check LancasterOnline's report.

Staff reporter Christopher Dornblaser contributed to this report.