Woman remembered after southside murder-suicide

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Coworkers are remembering a woman as a "terrific team member" after she died in what police call an apparent murder-suicide on the city’s southwest side.

Around 9:30 a.m., emergency crews were called to a shooting near S.W. 119th and Western Ave.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the bodies of two people outside of a doughnut shop.

A man shot a woman before turning the gun on himself, said OKCPD MSgt. Gary Knight.

Coworkers at the Access Medical Center clinic told NewsChannel 4 the woman was a mother of two who managed two area urgent care facilities - one in Norman and one in the plaza in which she ultimately died.

Out of respect for the family, NewsChannel 4 is not releasing the woman's name until police officially confirm her identity.

The medical center's senior vice president said the woman was "just a delight" who was "absolutely beloved by her coworkers."

The shooter's motive is unknown, police said.

Emergency calls flooded in to responders Wednesday morning.

Workers in the nearby Farmers Insurance office called their boss when they heard what was going on.

"She was very frantic, and I couldn’t even understand what she was saying," said Jeff Smalling, the insurance agent who received the call. "One of them looked outside and heard a lot of screaming, and the shooting started and they both dove back in and hid behind a desk. Of course, it freaked me out."

Police said the danger is over, but customers walking into nearby shops couldn't avoid seeing the flashing lights and police tape that blanketed the parking lot.

"I think it’s pretty somber, just because of the time of year it is," said Greg Bell, general manager of the Ace Hardware in the plaza. "And, when you think of tragic things happening, it always makes you wonder what would bring somebody to that point."

Businessowners described the area as "friendly" - a place where proprietors knew one another and frequently communicated.

Outside of an odd robbery or a car accident, police rarely responded to the area, they said.

"That’s the first murder, homicide that I can think of that’s ever taken place here that I know about," said Kris Tillman, who works at Mike's Automotive Service Center. "Just still kind of in shock. It’s a really bizarre incident."

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to call CrimeStoppers.