TULSA -- At least four people have been killed, and multiple were injured in a shooting at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to the Tulsa Police Department, the Associated Press, and numerous local news sources. According to police, less than ten people were shot in the incident, and the Tulsa Police Department responded to the scene quickly. However, one of the victims was killed and died after seeking medical attention in an escape from the hospital’s campus.
The suspect is currently unknown, but police say that he was between the ages of 35-50 and committed suicide after shooting the hospital patients. Image Source: opindia.com Police say they received a call from the second floor of the Natalie building on the campus of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and responded immediately to the scene with rifles. Police were on the scene when the gunshots were heard, and in general, it was an incredibly smooth response from law enforcement. According to Tulsa Police Chief Richard Meulenberg, who spoke to ABC News, “Officers immediately rushed to the second floor where the shootings took place and found that a couple had been shot dead and a couple had died." He told ABC News reporters at the Tulsa scene. But, he continued, “We found out at the time that [we] believe and still believe he was a gunman because he had a long rifle and a pistol.”
The raid cleared five-building floors after a search that scaled the entire campus of St. Francis Hospital. According to reports, Meulenberg claimed that the suspect had a long gun and handgun, possibly a long rifle and a pistol. The shooting comes in the wake of last week’s Uvalde Primary School shooting, in which 19 children and two adults were killed by a teenage gunman, and 10 were killed in a Buffalo grocery store shooting. This is the 18th day of the Uvalde massacre and a difficult day. The United States, a nation has moved away from its global position as a democracy of security and international law. Oklahoma’s gun laws are generally extremely relaxed, issuing an order where the state allows unauthorized carrying (to open firearms). The suspect likely committed suicide, with a police report detailing his death from a “self-inflicted gun wound” after taking others out in the fray.
The shooting occurred in the Natalie Building of St. Francis Hospital, and reports about the motives and victims killed in the attacks are still ongoing. Tulsa, Oklahoma’s mayor, G.T. Bynum, said of the hospital, “This campus is sacred ground for our community, “Men and women of the Tulsa Police Department did not hesitate." President Biden was briefed on the shooting at St. Francis Hospital. “The White House is closely monitoring the situation and reaching out to state and local officials for assistance,” the White House said in a statement. Biden will probably talk about the incident in a few hours if the information is needed.
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