Person killed in shooting at Oklahoma City airport
OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities are implementing a plan to safely move passengers from Will Rogers World Airport following a shooting in which one person was killed, our sister station KFOR reported.
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, reports indicated that at least one person was shot in the parking lot of the airport.
Officers found one victim, who was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Just before 3:30 p.m., officials announced the victim died from his injuries.
Southwest Airlines confirmed to CNN that the victim is a Southwest Airlines employee.
On Tuesday afternoon, Southwest Airlines released the following statement:
“It is with great sorrow that Southwest Airlines confirms that a Southwest Employee who was injured during a shooting incident today at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has died from injuries. We continue to work with the local authorities investigating this incident. As a result of the police investigation, local flight operations have been halted. We’re working to accommodate Customers still in the airport when it was locked down as well as cancelling flights departing from Oklahoma City for the remainder of the day. The Southwest Airlines Family is deeply saddened by the passing of our Southwest Family Member, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies and support to his family and Southwest Co-workers at this time.”
A short time later, Oklahoma City police confirmed that the victim has been identified as 52-year-old Michael Winchester.
Officials say Winchester is a well-known name to Sooner fans. He played football for the Sooners as a punter for the 1985 national championship team.
Police say they have not positively identified the suspect and are not releasing any details about the suspect to the public yet.
Sources told KFOR that the alleged gunman was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the back of a pickup truck.
The Oklahoma City Police Department closed the airport while they investigated, and passengers were asked to shelter in place.
However, police say they will bus passengers from the airport to a safe spot.
Operations at the airport started to resume around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating, including the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the FBI SWAT team.