1 person dead after shooting at Oklahoma City airport

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has resumed operations after being closed for several hours following a fatal shooting.

The airport was shut down by police shortly after a Southwest Airlines employee was shot about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Michael Winchester died after being taken to a hospital following the shooting and a suspect was later found dead in a pickup truck in an airport parking garage.

Police and airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said about 6:30 p.m. that the airport had resumed operations.

Hundreds of people were kept inside the airport terminal for hours after the shooting and Carney said about 25 flights were canceled, most of those by Southwest Airlines, which canceled all flights scheduled to depart Oklahoma City for the remainder of the day.

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6:35 p.m.

Police say a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Southwest Airlines employee at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has been found dead in a pickup truck in an airport parking garage.

Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says the suspect appears to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Fifty-two-year-old Michael Winchester was shot shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Winchester died after being taken to a hospital.

Balderrama said the suspect was found with a gunshot wound to the head and has not been positively identified.

Balderrama said police believe the shooting was a premeditated attack.

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4:15 p.m.

Oklahoma City police have identified the victim of a shooting at Will Rogers World Airport as 52-year-old Southwest Airlines employee Michael Winchester.

Winchester died following the shooting Tuesday afternoon at the airport on the city’s southwest side.

Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says Winchester was working at the time and police have not determined a motive for the shooting.

Balderrama says police do not believe there is an active shooter and officers are working to fully secure the airport, which has been shut down since the shooting with only a plane carrying prisoners to the Federal Transfer Center on airport property being allowed to land. No suspect has been found.

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3:50 p.m.

A Southwest Airlines employee has died after being shot at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King confirmed the victim was an employee and says in a news release that the airline is cancelling all flights scheduled to depart Oklahoma City for the remainder of the day Tuesday.

The victim’s name has not been released. Police have said only that the man was shot early Tuesday afternoon.

The news release says Southwest is working to accommodate passengers at the airport affected by the cancellation of flights.

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3:35 p.m.

A man who was shot at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has died.

Police officer Megan Morgan says the man died Tuesday afternoon after being shot earlier in the day.

The man’s name and other information was not released.

The airport was closed by police after the shooting and the only aircraft that has been allowed to land is a Federal Transfer Center aircraft carrying federal prisoners to a transfer center on airport property.

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3:20 p.m.

Will Rogers World Airport remained closed, although a plane carrying federal prison inmates was allowed to land and some of the dozens of vehicles backed up were being allowed to leave.

Police were also searching the vehicles and taking photos of license plates.

The airport was shut down Tuesday afternoon by police after a shooting that wounded at least one person and Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says some airplanes on the runway were stopped from taking off.

Airport spokesman Karen Carney says the facility remains closed, but the Federal Transfer Center aircraft that landed shortly after 3 p.m. has its own security and goes directly to the federal prison that’s located on airport property.

The only other aircraft in the sky was a police helicopter that was circling the airport.

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2 p.m.

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says police are searching for a possible second victim after a shooting at Oklahoma City’s main airport.

Balderrama says police have confirmed one victim in Tuesday afternoon’s shooting at the airport. He says police received reports of a possible second victim, but authorities have not yet found that person.

He says he does not know the condition of the confirmed victim.

Balderrama says all streets are blocked off and people should avoid the airport.

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1:45 p.m.

Police say the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has been closed following a shooting there.

The Oklahoma City police twitter account says the airport is closed following the Tuesday afternoon shooting and anyone inside should shelter in place.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney says all operations are suspended.

Carney says 7,000 to 8,000 travelers go through the airport daily.

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1:30 p.m.

Police say one person has been shot at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

The police department’s Twitter account confirmed the incident.

Officer Megan Morgan said there was a shooting at the airport Tuesday afternoon, but had no other details.

Police asked people to avoid the airport, which is in southwest Oklahoma City.

 

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