Five persons were killed at a Tulsa medical building
The Tulsa Police Department’s Jonathan Brooks claimed during a press conference on Wednesday that “four innocents and one gunman” were killed.
The gunman has not been named, but police say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to Brooks, the shooter was armed with a rifle and a pistol.
Tulsa police announced the shooter’s death on Facebook shortly before 6 p.m.
At the time, authorities stated, “Officers are presently going through every room in the building screening for additional threats.” “We’re aware that there have been several injuries and that there may be multiple casualties.”
Multiple persons were injured, according to Tulsa police Capt. Richard Meulenberg, who described the situation as “catastrophic.”
Because to the incident at the Natalie Medical Building, St. Francis Health System shut down its campus on Wednesday afternoon. An outpatient surgical clinic and a breast health centre are located in the Natalie building.
First responders looked to be bringing someone on a stretcher away from the hospital building, according to aerial footage from a TV helicopter.
Outside the hospital complex, dozens of police cars were observed, and traffic was stopped down while the investigation was underway.
A reunification centre was set up at a local high school to help families locate their loved ones.
A representative for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives confirmed that agents from the agency were on the scene.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, this is the 233rd mass shooting in the United States this year. A mass shooting is defined as four or more people shot or killed, excluding the gunman.
The massacre occurred less than two weeks after a shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 young pupils and two instructors. Local officials in Oklahoma looked to be thinking about the shooting in Texas, where the spotlight is now on police reaction time.
“I want to convey our community’s heartfelt thanks for the wide spectrum of first responders who did not hesitate today to respond to this act of violence,” Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum remarked during a news conference.