Armed Robbery Leads to Deadly Shooting

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An armed robbery leads to a deadly shooting of Southwest Airlines employee late Friday night in the long-term parking lot at El Paso International Airport during the start of the busy holiday travel season.

An El Paso police spokesman would only identify the “aggravated robbery” victim as a 49-year-old man and declined to discuss the cause of death.

However, Southwest Airlines confirmed later Saturday morning to ABC-7 that the victim was a Southwest Ground Operations employee who was shot to death in the employee portion of the lot while leaving work on Friday night.

“This is a heartbreaking, tragic loss for the Southwest Team, and we extend deepest sympathies to our colleague’s family, loved ones, and their extended Southwest Family. Southwest leadership is focused on supporting our employees while we offer our full support to the active investigation being conducted by local law enforcement,” the airline said in a statement to ABC-7.

At least one robber was being sought, police said early Saturday, but added that there may be more suspects; no one was in custody, but authorities maintained there was no threat to the airport.

Police officials described the airport lot where the shooting occurred as a “very active” crime scene that would likely be closed through Saturday afternoon. A mobile command center was deployed at the airport along with numerous Crimes Against Persons detectives. ABC-7 also observed several people consoling each other near the area where the shooting occurred.

We hear of stores every day, similar to this armed robbery leads to deadly shooting,  about employees of airlines, hospitals, hotels, etc that have dedicated employee parking that still experience violent crimes including robberies, assaults, kidnapping and sexual assaults.  Get out there and take a self-defense class.  Train with and without weapons in as close to realistic types scenarios as possible.  Go train with firearms and become a concealed carry holder,

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