Father of Chiefs long snapper killed in OKC airport shooting

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The father of Chiefs’ long snapper James Winchester was killed Tuesday in a shooting at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Michael Winchester’s death was confirmed by his employer, Southwest Airlines. Per NBC News, Michael Winchester died after being rushed to a nearby hospital and the airport remains closed with police still searching for the shooter.

Ken Sarnoff, the agent for James Winchester, tweeted late Tuesday afternoon that he was “devastated” to confirm that James Winchester’s father had been killed.

James Winchester is in his second season with the Chiefs. He and his father both played college football at Oklahoma.

50 responses to “Father of Chiefs long snapper killed in OKC airport shooting

  1. deepsouthnotherner says:
    Nov 15, 2016 6:39 PM

    RIP to Winchesters father. Nobody should have to go through that. Mental Heath needs to be seriously addressed in this country. The answer is not more gun laws.

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    You could have stopped after the first two sentences. Then had to throw the political wrench in it, our nation is becoming tribal.

  2. If you go hunting in Russia, you have to check a gun out and bring it back on time. The gun laws here are insane.

    Yeah, it is okay for people to have guns but they get stolen way more than people realize. Then sold or bought in one of those fugazy states and transported to a city to make big bucks.

    Make homeowners who own weapons accountable. Make States accountable. Make people who sell guns incorrectly (like a rifle at a yard sale) accountable.

    Do that and the 2nd amendment people will be happy and we all be safer.

    I’m a retired cop who has been shot at with a stolen handgun (from 10 feet). Also shot at with a stolen rifle, so I don’t want to hear the to bad Hillary lost, LIb comments.
    I’m talking common sense.

    RIP Mr. Winchester. Ironic about the name and just sad that our country does these types of things.

    What most people don’t realize is a guy who knows how to use a knife is way more dangerous than a mope with a gun. Most people miss, including cops. Not TV when firing a gun.

  3. To the people once again thumbs downing sympathy comments, get a life. Imagine if your father was killed in a situation like this. You’d be devastated too.

  4. “RIP to Winchesters father. Nobody should have to go through that. Mental Heath needs to be seriously addressed in this country. The answer is not more gun laws.

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    You could have stopped after the first two sentences. Then had to throw the political wrench in it, our nation is becoming tribal.”

    I didn’t see that comment as political, just common sense.

  5. RIP to Winchesters father. Nobody should have to go through that. Mental Heath needs to be seriously addressed in this country. The answer is not more gun laws.

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    You could have stopped after the first two sentences. Then had to throw the political wrench in it, our nation is becoming tribal.

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    “Becoming tribal?”

    Already is. The United States is one of the most backwards, violent, and economically decaying countries in the entire developed world. And for every person who believes massive change is needed, theres another person who yells out “Well that’s unAmerican, and you don’t support the troops”.

    The whole thing is non-sensical. Even now someone is hammering on their keys to say to me “Well if you don’t like it then leave.”

    Jokes on you. I live in Canada. And thanks to this thing called climate change it’s currently 65 degrees in Toronto in November.

  6. djvh2 says:
    Nov 15, 2016 7:25 PM

    “RIP to Winchesters father. Nobody should have to go through that. Mental Heath needs to be seriously addressed in this country. The answer is not more gun laws.

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    You could have stopped after the first two sentences. Then had to throw the political wrench in it, our nation is becoming tribal.”

    I didn’t see that comment as political, just common sense

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    It’s political because the mental health straw man he throws out segues into a call for less gun laws. Despite the fact that the right wants to cut funding for health care and thereby mental health services all while not addressing the gun fetish many on the right has.

  7. I will never understand how posts of condolences for a person’s death always receive thumbs down on this site. Anonymous commenters can be such ugly people.

  8. It is sad and pathetic that condolences are being given a thumbs down. Take a look in the mirror to determine what type of person you are when you give this comment a thumbs down. The problem is the person you are looking at is in the mirror! The Michael Jackson song about looking in the mirror to make change applies to so many who vote thumbs down!

  9. The number of people thumbs downing simple messages of condolences for a terrible incident is a sad commentary on the people of this country.

    The guy’s Dad got murdered. If you’re one of the thumbs down people you had better really really really hope people have more compassion for you when life throws something awful in your face than you have for Winchester. You’re sad excuses of human beings.

    Condolences to the Winchester family.

  10. If only the shooter was a muslim. We’d have that muslim immigrant ban already in place.

    God forbid the shooter was a white US citizen. Cause if so, we’ll never hear about this incident again, except as a call for better mental health services.

    Because being the most heavily psych medicated country in the world isn’t medicated enough.

    And for all those saying “What if it was your dad?” I say that to myself every time there’s a shooting anywhere in the US. So obviously, i think about that a LOT.

  11. First: I have sympathy for James Winchester for losing his Dad. I lost mine while I was young, also, so I know how it feels.

    Second: Do not be concerned about the thumbs down count. I doubt James Winchester is looking here for support or sympathy, so the thumbs down are irrelevant.

    Third: We do not know the person who did this nor their reasons, so until more information is available, blaming mental health problems is out of ignorance.

    Fourth: For the same reason, we do not know if more restrictive gun laws would have helped in this situation nor whether current less restricted ones contributed to the death.

  12. I hope that all those thumbs down for people giving their condolences is by accident when you are using the touch screen and accidentally touch the wrong thing. It has happened to me so many times that I just avoid pft on my touch screen devices and wait to get on a computer with a mouse.

  13. This could have been avoided if every man woman and child at the airport had been armed, ideally with each person carrying 2 guns (in case the first one jams).

    Note I am also armed while typing this, just to be safe.

  14. Condolences to the Winchester family.

    The shooter has been found. Dead in his car of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

  15. My thoughts and prayers to the Winchester family. I also send thoughts and prayers to all of those who thumbs down messages offering sympathies. That second group needs it more than anyone.

  16. How can people on here give the thumbs down?? What sort of Idiots are out there???
    RIP to Mr Winchester

  17. backintheday99 says:
    Nov 15, 2016 7:02 PM

    If you go hunting in Russia, you have to check a gun out and bring it back on time. The gun laws here are insane.
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    Thst’s what we want… to be more like Russia. There are many cases for responsible gun safety laws, but I think your argument would be more convincing if you didn’t cite a country that has attempted three genocides within the last century.

  18. May God Bless this family and give them peace 🙁 So sad….
    So scary that this airport is one I’ve frequented many, many times. As one poster mentioned, it’s a shame there were not others with their concealed weapon permit, who may have prevented this, depending on where they were in the airport!!
    As for all the down votes, our country has been trying to take God out of everything..yes I’m going political here! Hopefully, that will be changing soon…..

  19. Condolences from Bronco nation. The AFC West lost a good family man and father to one of our players and we’re all deeply saddened and upset by it.

  20. It’s a MASSIVE assumption to declare this shooting was a “mental health” issue. That’s the popular excuse to throw out there to distract from the fact that someone was killed with a gun.

    People are dying from guns and the immediate reaction is “don’t you DARE discuss the issue!” There’s something very wrong with that reaction.

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