Shooting at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City


PUBLISHED Tue, November 15, 2016 - 2:04pm EST


Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has been closed and put on lockdown after a Southwest Airlines employee - identified as Michael Winchester - was shot and killed outside a terminal, local officials say. The shooter is still at large.





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The incident happened at about 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday when officers were called to reports of shots fired at Will Rogers World Airport. It is believed to have happened on a road just outside the airport's Southwest terminal.

"At this point in time we have located one victim and we are looking for a second reported victim," said Captain Balderrrama of the Oklahoma City Police Department. "We are really asking for everybody to stay away from the airport area. All the streets are blocked off."

No arrests were immediately made, prompting authorities to close the airport and telling passengers inside to shelter in place. Authorities have not provided details about the shooter and the scene remained active just before 4 p.m., though there was no indication of an active shooter situation.

Southwest Airlines confirmed that one of its employees was killed in the shooting, and the Oklahoma City Police Department identified him as 52-year-old Michael Winchester, the father of Kansas City Chiefs long snapper James Winchester.

"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," the airline said in a statement.

A large number of police officers and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are at the scene of the incident, witnesses said. All flights have been suspended until further notice, according to an airport spokesperson.

Will Rogers World Airport, which is named after comedian and legendary cowboy Will Rogers, is the busiest passenger airport in the state of Oklahoma.

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