Cops: Oklahoma Airport Murder Wasn't Random

Victim is the father of a Kansas City Chiefs player
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 16, 2016 2:21 AM CST

(Newser) – Oklahoma City police investigators are trying to figure out why a man waited to gun down an airline employee outside Will Rogers World Airport in an ambush that prompted authorities to shut down the state's busiest airport for hours. Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says the suspected shooter was found dead inside a pickup truck on Tuesday from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. They believe he watched airport employees come and go before shooting and killing 52-year-old Michael Winchester, a Southwest Airlines employee, the AP reports.

Balderrama said late Tuesday that investigators hadn't positively identified the shooter, but he noted that the man apparently knew Winchester's schedule and routine and that the two men likely knew one another. "This was not random," he said, per the Oklahoman. The New York Times reports that Winchester, a former player for the University of Oklahoma football team, is the father of Kansas City Chiefs players James Winchester. (Read more Oklahoma City stories.)

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