Tulsa Police have disclosed four people were killed in a mass shooting that happened on Wednesday evening in a medical building on a hospital campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America.
This was confirmed by Richard Meulenberg, the Tulsa Police Department Captain, who spoke to CNN and disclosed that, apart from the four that were killed, multiple people were also wounded.
According to Richard, it was fewer than ten and no one had wounds that were considered life-threatening. He told The Associated Press the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene.”
The identities of the victim and gunman haven’t been released and the shooter’s motive wasn’t immediately known.
The shooting occurred a little before 5 p.m. local time on the campus of Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa Deputy Police Chief Eric Dalgleish told reporters. Officers responded to the scene within three minutes and made contact with the gunman about five minutes later, he said.
“I was very happy with what we know so far regarding the response of our officers,” Dalgleish noted.
The amount of time it took police in Uvalde, Texas, to engage the gunman during last week’s deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School has become a key and controversial focus of that probe. Officers waited more than an hour to breach the classroom where the gunman attacked.
Dalgleish described the gunman as a Black male believed to be between 35 and 40 years old and said he was armed with a long gun and a handgun.
Officers encountered the suspect on the second floor of the hospital’s Natalie Building, Dalgleish said.
“The officers that did arrive were hearing shots in the building, and that’s what directed them to the second floor,” he said.
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a shooting at the Warren Clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 1, 2022.
Both weapons appeared to have been fired, Dalgleish disclosed.
He said it wasn’t immediately clear if the gunman had targeted anyone in particular or if the shooting was random.
Police later received information that the shooter may have left a bomb in a residence in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Muskogee police said Wednesday night. The home was searched by a bomb squad and no explosives were found, CBS Tulsa affiliate KOTV reported, citing Muskogee Police.
Surrounding homes were either evacuated or residents were told to shelter in place.
Muskogee is located about 50 miles southeast of Tulsa.
Tulsa police asked family and friends of the victims and survivors to go to Memorial High School, a block from the hospital campus, to wait to learn the fate of the people at the shooting scene, KOTV said.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a statement calling the shooting a “senseless act of violence and hatred,” adding, “Sarah and I are praying for the families of those who lost their lives and for those who were injured.”
The White House said President Biden had been briefed, adding that the situation was being closely monitored and that the White House had reached out to state and local officials to offer support.
Jan Hodges, who works on the hospital campus, said she was in another building about 100 yards from the shooting scene.
She told KOTV:
“I just knew that something horrible was happening. I mean, police officers running into a building with shields and with rifles and I thought, ‘I’ve seen this on the news multiple times in other areas.’ It was almost like it was a repeat of something I’d seen before. I just really couldn’t believe it was happening in my own neck of the woods and I’m sick because I know people that work in the Natalie Building and I’m scared for them and I don’t know anything about their well-being at this point.”
Hodges said she was in lockdown for just under two hours.
Mass shootings are common in the US.
At least 19 children and two adults were killed when an 18-year-old gunman shot them at a Texas elementary school on May 24, 2022.
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