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The man who opened fire at a Tulsa medical facility bought an AR-style rifle and then shot and killed four people, authorities said.
Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said the gunman had recently undergone back surgery and made multiple calls to the clinic complaining of pain.
“We also have a letter on the suspect that clearly states that he came in to kill Dr. Phillips and anyone who gets in his way,” Franklin said. “He put Dr. Phillips in charge of persistent pain after surgery.”
This is a breaking news update. The original story is as follows:
A gunman armed with a rifle and a pistol killed four people inside the Tulsa Medical Building on the hospital campus, the latest in a string of deadly mass shootings across the country in recent weeks, police said.
Families in Uwald, Texas, began burying the dead in the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade in the same week that Wednesday’s shooting at the St. Francis Health System campus.
The victim and the Tulsa gunman were found on the second floor of a doctor’s office that houses an orthopedic clinic, police said. The gunman, whose name was not released, died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Tulsa Deputy Police Chief Eric Dalgleish.
Officials scheduled a news conference with police and hospital officials Thursday morning to release more information. As of Friday, all appointments at the orthopaedic clinic have been cancelled.
A recent spate of gun violence across the country, including the killing of 19 children and two teachers at Rob Elementary School in Uwald by an 18-year-old gunman armed with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle, has led democratic leaders to slam Guns have stepped up calls for gun restrictions as Republicans emphasize safer schools.
The divide reflects a partisan divide that has hampered action in Congress and many state capitals on how to best respond to the record number of gun-related deaths in the United States.
Dalglish said it was unclear what triggered the deadly attack in Tulsa. Authorities later executed a search warrant in connection with the investigation at a residence in Muskogee, about 45 miles southeast of Tulsa, police said.
“It appears that both guns were fired at one location or the other at the crime scene,” Dalglish said. “The arriving police heard gunfire in the building and took them to the second floor.”
Police received the call about three minutes after dispatchers received the report at 4:52 p.m. And got in touch with the Gunner about five minutes later at 17:01. Dalglish said.
“I’m very pleased with the response from officials we know so far,” Dalglish said.