Oklahoma airport shooter was former airline employee, police confirm

An aerial view of police investigating the scene of the shooting at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport Tuesday afternoon. (KWCH)

OAKLAHOMA CITY — Police confirm the man who shot a Southwest Airlines employee, and then later himself, at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport Tuesday afternoon was also an airline employee. In a release Wednesday, police say “retaliation” was likely the motive for the shooting.

Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says investigators believe the suspect watched airport employees come and go before shooting and killing 52-year-old Michael Winchester. Balderrama confirms the suspected shooter was later found dead inside a pickup truck from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says on Twitter the airline “will do everything we can to support Mike’s family.”

Oklahoma City police have not released the name of the suspected shooter.

Flights are now back to normal operations Wednesday morning.

As News 3 reported, the airport was shut down by police around 1 p.m. after the shooting.

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