OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Quick facts:
- Someone shot and killed Southwest Airlines employee Michael Winchester,
- Winchester played football for OU, like his son, current longsnapper for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Police said they believe a body found in a pick-up truck belongs to the suspect.
- Investigators raided a home in Oklahoma City as part of the investigation, but have not identified the suspect
- A news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m.
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Oklahoma City police said one person was shot at the Will Rogers Airport Tuesday afternoon. They posted about the shooting on their Twitter account.
We have confirmed one victim shot at Will Rogers Airport. Please avoid going to the airport at this time. We will keep you posted.— OKC Police Dept (@okcpd) November 15, 2016
The victim was identified as Southwest Airlines employee Michael Winchester. He's a former football player at the University of Oklahoma.
FOX23 crews were on the scene as they began updating the situation.
WATCH LIVE: Will Rogers Airport Shooting Update
Winchester's son, also an OU football alumnus, currently plays as longsnapper for the Kansas City Chiefs, and his daughters also played sports for the Sooners.
Police confirmed the airport began resuming operations around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. People at the airport took shelter during the incident.
We have closed Will Rogers Airport at this time. If you are inside of the airport, shelter in place until advised otherwise.— OKC Police Dept (@okcpd) November 15, 2016
Southwest Airlines canceled their remaining flights for Tuesday. Other airlines are working to get arrivals in overnight, though most departures have been canceled. In a news conference, airport officials said they had 25 cancelations. Local airlines said they are waiving fees, and officials are urging people avoid flying if possible.
Investigators said they believe a body found in a red pickup truck on the second level of the parking garage belongs to the suspected shooter. They believe the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police have not positively identified the suspect.
According to airport officials, police believe this is an isolated incident. In a news conference later Tuesday evening, they said they believe the suspect worked alone, but they believe the shooting was premeditated.
@OKCPD believes this was an isolated incident. Precautionary measures still being taken until further notice, all flights suspended.— Will Rogers Airport (@fly_okc) November 15, 2016
A plane carrying federal prison inmates was allowed to land and some of the dozens of vehicles backed up were being allowed to leave.
Airport spokesman Karen Carney said 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.
Police were also searching the vehicles and taking photos of license plates.
The only other aircraft in the sky during the beginning of the investigation was a police helicopter that was circling the airport.
Police said they did not treat the situation as an active shooter situation. They said they did a sweep of the area to make sure people in the area were safe.
Police said they are moving people from inside the airport to Southwest 76th Street and Terminal Drive.
They said they expect the airport to reopen Wednesday.
FOX23 was LIVE at the scene Tuesday afternoon:
Southwest Airlines released a statement after the shooting:
"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.
"Additional Information regarding Customer reaccomodation:
"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."
Senator James Lankford also released a statement:
Sorry to hear of the death at #OKC Will Rogers Airport. My prayers are w/the family & coworkers. Shooting appears to be an isolated incident— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) November 15, 2016
The Tulsa International Airport tweeted out a statement:
We have received several questions whether the OKC situation is impacting operations at TUL and at this time all flights are operating.— Tulsa Airport (@tulsaairports) November 15, 2016
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