OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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.
Video from a television station helicopter showed what appeared to be a pool of blood near the bottom of a ramp leading from the airport’s departure area. Two ambulances and a firetruck stood by.
Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama said police have confirmed one victim in the shooting and received reports of a possible second victim, but authorities have not yet found that person. Balderrama said he does not know the condition of the confirmed victim. No other details of the shooting were immediately available.
The airport suspended operations and maps posted at the FlightAware website showed that at least one flight was diverted to the Wiley Post Airport in the northwestern part of the city. Three other flights were headed toward Oklahoma City at mid-afternoon — each at least an hour away from arrival, the website showed.
“There are going to be some delays for flights until we have further information,” Carney said, while referring other questions to police.
All streets were blocked off surrounding the airport and everyone should avoid the area, Balderrama said.
Carney said Southwest, American, Delta, United and Alaska airlines each have terminals at the airport on the city’s southwest side, and 7,000 to 8,000 travelers pass through the facility daily.
Carney said that police believe the shooting was an isolated incident, but that precautionary measures were still appropriate.