4 killed in shooting on Tulsa hospital campus; dead shooter

TULSA, Okla.-

A gunman carrying a rifle and pistol killed four people Wednesday in a medical building on a hospital campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma, police said, in the latest in a series of deadly mass shootings across the United States in The last weeks.

Tulsa Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish confirmed the death toll, saying the shooter was also dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The recent spate of gun violence across the country, including the killing of 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school eight days ago at the hands of an 18-year-old gunman wielding an AR-style semi-automatic rifle, has led to Democratic leaders amplifying their calls for tighter gun restrictions, while Republicans emphasize safer schools.

The split reflects a partisan divide that has stymied action in Congress and many state capitols on how best to respond to a record number of gun-related deaths in the US.

It was unclear what sparked the deadly assault in Tulsa, Dalgleish said.

“It appears that both weapons at one time or another were fired at the scene,” Dalgleish said. “The officers who arrived heard gunshots in the building, and that’s what led them to the second floor.”

Police responded to the call about three minutes after dispatchers received the report at 4:52 p.m. and made contact with the gunman about five minutes later at 5:01 p.m., Dalgleish said.

“I’m very pleased with what we know so far about the response from our officers,” Dalgleish said.

The time it took for police officers in Uvalde, Texas, to confront the gunman during last week’s deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School has become a key focus of that investigation. Officers waited more than an hour to break into the classroom where the shooter attacked.

Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg also said multiple people were injured and the medical complex was a “disaster scene.” The exact number of injured was not immediately available.

Police and hospital officials said they were not ready to identify the dead.

St. Francis Health System closed its campus Wednesday afternoon due to the situation at the Natalie Medical Building. The Natalie building houses an ambulatory surgery center and a breast health center. Dalgleish said there is also an orthopedic clinic on the second floor where officers discovered the shooter and several victims.

“This campus is hallowed ground for our community,” said Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum. “For decades, this campus has been a place where heroes come to work every day to save the lives of people in our community.”

Bynum added: “At this time, my thoughts are with the victims. If we want to have a policy discussion, that’s something to have in the future, but not tonight.”

Philip Tankersley, 27, was leaving his father’s room at nearby Saint Francis Hospital around 5 p.m. when hospital staff said there was an active shooter in the building across the street, locked the doors and warned them to stay away from the windows.

Tankersley said he and his mother holed up in his father’s hospital room for more than an hour, trying to get bits of information from television news and passing nurses. He said they heard “code silver” and “level 1 trauma” announced over hospital speakers and wondered if they were safe in the room.

“I wasn’t particularly worried because the two people I have to take care of were in the same room as me,” he said. “But it was definitely a ‘this is happening here’ moment.”

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also at the scene, a spokesman said. A reunification center has been set up at a nearby high school so that families can find their loved ones.

Wednesday’s shooting also comes just over two weeks after the shooting at a Buffalo supermarket by a white man accused of killing 10 black people in a racist attack. The recent Memorial Day weekend saw multiple mass shootings across the country, including at an outdoor festival in Taft, Oklahoma, 45 miles from Tulsa, even as single-death incidents accounted for the majority of deaths. firearm deaths.

Since January, there have been 12 shootings that have killed four or more people, according to The Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Mass Murder Database. Those shootings have left 76 dead, including 31 adults and children in Buffalo and Texas, the database says. The death toll does not include those suspected in the shootings.


Jill Bleed in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jake Bleiberg in Dallas, and Mike Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.


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