Southwest employee shot, killed at Oklahoma City airport

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- A Southwest Airlines employee was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon at an Oklahoma City airport, according to a statement from the airline.

Oklahoma City police identified the victim as Michael Winchester, a former punter for Oklahoma University. According to sports reporter Cary Murdock, the victim is the father of James Winchester, a long snapper with the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Authorities shut down the Will Rogers World Airport Tuesday afternoon and asked all those inside to keep shelter as they search for a possible second victim. Authorities didn't reveal any details pertaining to their search for a suspect said they aren't searching for an active shooter. 

In a news conference just before 2 p.m., police said they received a call of shots fired at about 1:30 p.m. Authorities said the shots were fired in a parking lot at the airport. Upon their arrival, they found one person wounded. 

Captain Paco Balderrrama said authorities are searching for a second reported victim, but didn't elaborate, only asking people to stay away from the scene. 

Southwest Airlines released a statement regarding travelers affected by the incident:

“Southwest is waiving any difference in fare for Customers traveling to or from Oklahoma Airport who choose to make changes to reservations through Nov. 16, 2016. All Southwest Customers who cancel an itinerary at least ten minutes prior to scheduled departure retain full credit to use toward future travel (for a year from the date of original purchase) and Southwest Airlines does not charge a change fee for modifying a reservation. The Safety of our Customers and Employees is our primary focus and we will continue to provide updates on southwest.com.”

FULL STATEMENT FROM SOUTHWEST AIRLINES:

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.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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