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by Allison Brown, Fox 8 Reporter

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are investigating a murder-suicide that happened at a Cleveland Hopkins Airport employee parking lot, Sunday morning.

A TSA Agent was killed as a result of the gunfire that occurred just before 11:30 A.M.

It was a scary scene at Riveredge Parking Lot.  CPD says the suspect, 28, followed his estranged wife and another TSA Agent into the lot. The lot is just off of Brookpark Rd. and Old Grayton Rd.

“The estranged husband rammed the vehicle, got out of the vehicle and fired approximately five shots into the vehicle, hitting his wife,” said Sgt. Sammy Morris, of the Cleveland Police Department.

The TSA baggage officer, 20, was killed.  She had worked with TSA since 2011.

“I didn’t know who was in the car, I didn’t know what was going on, I just knew that they were shooting,” said one witness.

The woman, who wanted to be identified only as Brooke, tells FOX 8 she tried to stop the gunman.

“I’m happy to be alive, my mom yelled at me because when I saw him heading towards the car I yelled at him, and I was like, I called the cops and he looked and he just continued on to the car,” she said.

Cleveland police say the gunman began chasing and shooting at the other TSA Agent, who was able to run from the gold Buick they were in.  Thankfully he was not hurt.

Even though police say parking attendants keep watch at Riveredge, the suspect was able to get into the lot quite easily.

Airport spokesperson, Jackie Mayo, says the gates are secure seven days a week, but it is possible the suspect may have gotten into the lot before the gate went down—especially since police say he was closely following the agents.

Riveredge is a remote parking lot.  From there, employees take shuttles to get to Cleveland Hopkins.

The TSA issued the following statement regarding the tragedy:

 “TSA has lost a member of its family today to a fatal shooting at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Our employee, whose name is being temporarily withheld, had worked for the TSA since 2011 as a baggage officer. She was fatally shot at the airport in what the police are calling a domestic dispute. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family, friends and fellow employees during this painful time.”

The names of the people involved in the shooting have not been released.