OKLAHOMA - New details are emerging about the shooter at Will Rogers World Airport.
NewsChannel 4 has learned Lloyd Buie served in the Army prior to working for the airline, and sources close to the investigation tell us he used a military-style rifle to shoot Michael Winchester in the chest.
Buie was a Southwest employee from 1999 to 2015, when officials said Buie quit after refusing to take an alcohol test.
“While working in Oklahoma City, as a ramp agent, he was exhibiting signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol while at work one day in April 2015. Southwest immediately requested that he be tested. He declined and resigned,” a Southwest spokesperson told NewsChannel 4.
Before he worked for the airline, we found Buie served in the Army for years, living all around the country.
On Tuesday, he used a military-style rifle to fire the 50-yard shot that hit Winchester.
“It would definitely require familiarity with a rifle. You don't have to be an expert marksman to hit a 50 yard shot, but it's not an easy shot either,” said Capt. Paco Balderrama.
Buie’s pickup truck was found in the parking garage hours after the shooting.
The medical examiner confirmed Wednesday he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Sources close to the investigation tell NewChannel 4, based on airport parking records, Buie could have been camped out there for days.
Court records show Buie filed for bankruptcy in September, and multiples sources tell us he was having serious health issues.
“The suspect armed himself and went to the airport with the intention of shooting someone. We do not know if Mr. Winchester was the intended victim,” Balderrama said.
We’re told Buie was angry with a number of supervisors at Southwest because of circumstances leading up to his resignation.