Michael Winchester, the father of Kansas City Chiefs player James Winchester and a former University of Oklahoma Sooners player himself, was identified as the victim in a shooting at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma on November 15, 2016. He was an employee of Southwest Airlines and was 52 years old.
The shooting happened in a parking lot at the airport and police said they were called to the scene just before 1 p.m. CT. The airport was on lockdown and all flights were stopped at 1:40 p.m., reports NewsOK.com. Winchester died at a nearby hospital.
Shortly after the shooting, News9 reported that the suspect has been found dead. Police later confirmed in a press conference that the white male was found deceased in a vehicle. The man was later identified as Lloyd Buie, whose death was ruled a suicide.
NewsOK.com reported that Winchester was shot as he was leaving work, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office said.
Here is what we know about the shooting.
1. Police Were Called to the Scene at 12:50 p.m.
The Oklahoma City Police Department confirmed that there was a shooting at the Will Rogers World Airport in a Tweet sent just after 1:00 p.m. local time. Moments later, they confirmed that there was one victim and the airport was closed.
Police were leading travelers out of the airport. By 6:30 p.m. CT, the airport slowly resumed service. Those using the airport that day were told to follow @fly_OKC for updates.
“We are slowly resuming operations. Travelers parked onsite are being allowed to leave first. Pickups not being allowed yet,” one statement following the shooting read. “Taxis-shuttles-commercial transportation allowed to resume operations at Will Rogers World Airport. Private vehicles not allowed yet. Private vehicles are now being allowed to enter for pickups. Travelers will be shuttled to cell waiting area from the transportation plaza.”
NewsOK.com reported that three plans landed after the shooting. One plane was allowed into the airport, but the other stayed on the tarmac.
Four flights were cancelled and 27 were delayed due to the shooting, reports NewsOK.com. Southwest Airlines cancelled all of their flights until 6 p.m. CT.
2. The Suspect Was Identified as Lloyd Buie, a Former Southwest Employee
KTUL-TV reports that, at the moment, police were still searching for a suspect, which is why the airport was put on lockdown.
After the shooting, police said that it was an isolated incident and there was no longer an active shooter situation after the suspect was on the run. Police first looked for a second victim, but they no longer believe that there is another victim, KTUL reports.
News9 reporter Tiffany Liou reported that the suspect was found dead. NBC5’s Scott Gordon tweeted that the suspect was found with a gunshot wound to the head. Police also confirmed that the suspect is deceased.
The suspect was identified as Lloyd Dean Buie, The Associated Press reports. He was found dead in a pickup truck. Fox25 reports that police say Buie was a former Southwest Airlines employee who quit in April 2015.
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3. Southwest Airlines Confirmed That Winchester Was an Employee
Southewest Airlines confirmed in a statement to CNN that Winchester was an employee for the airline at the Oklahoma City airport.
“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 coworkers at this time,” the airline said.
Police also confirmed that Winchester worked for the airline.
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4. James Winchester’s Agent Confirmed That the Victim Was His Father
Ken Sarnoff, an agent for Winchester’s son, James, confirmed that Winchester was his client’s father.
In 2013, Winchester posted the following tweet, with a photo of his father.
“It’s essentially the same thing as a field goal, it’s just less points,” Winchester said of his role as a long snapper in an interview with KansasCity.com. “We have the mindset of just do our jobs, be flawless. So that’s what we’re going to do, whether we’re up close or backed up.”
The Chiefs have offered their condolences to the Winchester family, writing, “Our love and support is with James and the entire Winchester family. Our heartfelt thoughts & prayers are with you.”
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5. Michael Winchester Was an Oklahoma Sooners Football Player during the 1980s & Had 6 Children
Winchester was a member of the team that won the 1985 Orange Bowl.
Brian Brinkley of NBC4 in Oklahoma tweeted that Winchester’s daughter, Carolyn, played basketball at OU. Dean Blevins of KWTV reports that Winchester was the father of six children, three of whom played at OU.
“Our hearts are truly heavy for the entire Winchester Family. Mike was a former Sooner student athlete as was his son James/daughter Carolyn… daughter Becca was also a student athlete. Please keep this beautiful family in your prayers,” Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione tweeted.
“I’ve never heard anybody say anything bad about Mike, ever,” Rocky Clarke, a friend of Winchester’s, told NewsOK.com. Clarke also called Winchester “an amazing man,” adding that he coached the Washington High School girls basketball team in 2000.
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