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REPORT: Shooter, Victim in OKC Airport Shooting Worked for Same Airline
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On Wednesday, police revealed that Lloyd Dean Buie, the man who used a rifle to murder a Southwest Airlines employee, was a former coworker at the same airline.
The victim, 52-year-old Michael Winchester, was not Buie's immediate supervisor when he resigned 19 months ago from his position at Oklahoma's Will Rogers World Airport, but CNN.com is reporting Winchester was a ramp supervisor and Buie was a ramp agent.
According to the report, Buie was suspected of being impaired by alcohol while at work in April 2015 and asked to submit a blood alcohol test. He refused and resigned from his position with Southwest Airlines.
Police are not ruling out retaliation as a motive, but officials say it remains unclear if Buie came to the airport Tuesday looking to target Winchester or just with the intention of killing anyone.
The official Twitter of the Oklahoma City Police Department shared more information on the crime:
News release regarding yesterday's homicide at Will Rogers World Airport. pic.twitter.com/rJux25gZ2G— OKC Police Dept (@okcpd) November 16, 2016
Buie shot Winchester to death from the fourth level of a parking garage, about 50 yards away, causing authorities to shut down the airport while police searched for the shooter. Buie’s body was found in his pickup truck in the parking garage, where he had committed suicide.
“We know his intentions were to go to the airport and hurt someone,” Oklahoma City Police Department Captain Paco Balderrama. “We don't know if (Winchester) was his intended target or if he meant to hurt (more people.)”
Officials from Southwest said that Winchester had been working for the airline for 29 years.
“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,” the airline said in a statement.
Southwest president and CEO Gary Kelly also shared his sympathy on Twitter:
You all can rest assured that we will do everything we can to support Mike's family. (2/2)— Gary Kelly (@gary_kelly) November 16, 2016
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