OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A man was shot at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport on Tuesday, prompting city officials to close the airport and order people inside a sprawling terminal to seek shelter. The man later died, police said.
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 the victim had died. The agency said on its Twitter feed that the airport remained closed.
“We can confirm that victim from shooting at WRWA (Will Rogers World Airport) is deceased. Airport still on lockdown as investigation is ongoing,” the department tweeted.
Balderrama initially said police had received reports of a possible second victim, but no one had been located by late afternoon. Police were still sweeping the terminal building on the city’s southwest side. No other details of the shooting were immediately available.
The airport suspended operations and maps posted at the FlightAware website showed that one flight was diverted to the Wiley Post Airport in the northwestern part of the city while two commercial flights from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport were directed to Tulsa, about 100 miles away. A jet carrying federal inmates was allowed to land. Oklahoma City is a major transfer point for federal inmates.
“There are going to be some delays for flights until we have further information,” airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said, while referring other questions to police.
All streets were blocked off surrounding the airport and everyone should avoid the area, Balderrama said. Some people were allowed to leave the grounds after police checked their vehicles.
Carney said Southwest, American, Delta, United and Alaska airlines each have terminals at the airport, which handles about 7,000 to 8,000 passengers daily.
Carney said that police believe the shooting was an isolated incident, but that precautionary measures were still appropriate.
Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says police are searching for a possible second victim after a shooting at Oklahoma City’s main airport.
Balderrama says police have confirmed one victim in Tuesday afternoon’s shooting at the airport. He says police received reports of a possible second victim, but authorities have not yet found that person.
He says he does not know the condition of the confirmed victim.
Balderrama says all streets are blocked off and people should avoid the airport.
Police say the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has been closed following a shooting there.
The Oklahoma City police twitter account says the airport is closed following the Tuesday afternoon shooting and anyone inside should shelter in place.
Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney says all operations are suspended.
Carney says 7,000 to 8,000 travelers go through the airport daily.
Police have posted an update on the shooting on Facebook.
The Oklahoma City Police Department is advising the public against going to the airport temporarily.
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
UPDATE: 11/15/2016 1:46pm All arrivals to and and departures from the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma are suspended until further notice.
All arrivals/departures suspended until further notice. @OKCPD continues to investigate.
— Will Rogers Airport (@fly_okc) November 15, 2016
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Police: One person shot at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City.