PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -- They said it was overwhelming.
"We heard two really loud shots," said Tori Breeding, a student of University of Pikeville in Kentucky.
Gunfire echoed through the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.
"I turned to see what was going on and it's a TSA agent who was running, running for his life and you know, in that moment, you know there is something bad that's going down," said Rob Musick, Campus Chaplain at the University of Pikeville.
Fifteen students from the University of Pikeville were on their way back home from a mission trip to Haiti when the gunfire began.
The students ran out of the building through an emergency exit and ended up on the tarmac, but were caught in the flood of people.
Some students were separated from the group.
"She comes racing back to me, really emotional saying, 'I can't get a hold of sis,' who was her sister, who was on our trip," said Musick.
More than 10 hours later, the group was reunited and free from the airport.
The experience left many students too scared to fly home.
After stops in Miami and Atlanta and 14 hours of driving, the group finally made it back to Pikeville.
Now that they're home, some said they want to focus on the memories made in Haiti.
"When we got there, it was beautiful, breathtaking. All the kids came and greeted us," said Breeding.
The students spent one week helping build a school and teaching vacation Bible school.
"Working to help build something for the kids that we got to know and have relationships with really, really made it a better experience," said Breeding.
This was Breeding's first trip to Haiti.
She said though it was hard saying goodbye, she has plans to go back with next year's mission trip.