At Least 1 Person Shot at OKC Airport, Flights Halted


At least one person was shot at Oklahoma City’s main airport on Tuesday, prompting flights to be halted and a “shelter in place” order put in effect to allow police to search for a suspect.

The shots were fired in a parking lot at Will Rogers World Airport and no information was available about the condition of the known victim or what prompted the shooting, Oklahoma City Police Captain Paco Balderrama told reporters.

“We have located one victim and we are looking for a second reported victim,” he said. The victim was identified as a male, police said, adding that no one has been taken into custody.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said that police believe the shooting was an isolated incident but precautionary measures are appropriate.

What appeared to be about a dozen police officers armed with rifles were seen patrolling on the roof of an airport parking garage on a live video feed from broadcaster KOCO.

Tactical teams were searching the garage for a suspect and a possible second victim, News 9 cited a police official as saying.

“If you are inside of the airport, shelter in place until advised otherwise,” Oklahoma City Police said on their Twitter feed.

The airport said on Twitter that all arrivals and departures had been suspended until further notice. Southwest Airlines said on Twitter it had canceled all of its inbound and outbound flights at the airport until 6 p.m.

The airport is the main commercial air hub for Oklahoma City and services an average of 150 flights a day, the airport said.