Published On: Thu, Jun 2nd, 2022

4 killed in shooting at Tulsa hospital; gunman also dead, police say

Four people were killed as a gunman opened fire inside an Oklahoma hospital Wednesday, authorities said.

The gunman, described as a man 35 to 40 years old and armed with a rifle and handgun, was also killed, Tulsa Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish told reporters. He appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Dalgleish said.

Multiple people were injured in the gunfire, which erupted shortly before 5 p.m. inside a medical building at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, authorities said. The victims appeared to be a combination of patients and employees, Dalgleish said.

The shooting appears to have occurred inside an orthopedic facility on the building’s second floor, Dalgleish said.

The gunman and his motive have not been identified.

Dalgleish said authorities arrived at the hospital at 4:56, four minutes after reports of gunfire were first called into officials. Officers heard gunfire and found the gunman and victims on the second floor, he said.

Tulsa Mayor G. T. Bynum pointed to the quick response and said that police officers “did not hesitate today to respond to this act of violence.”

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting, and the White House said it has reached out to state and local officials to offer support.

Representatives for the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have also responded to the scene, agency officials said.

The deadly shooting came a little more than a week after an 18-year-old killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

And over the Memorial Day weekend, nine people were killed and more than 60 others were injured in shootings with more than four victims across the U.S., according to an organization that tracks shootings.

On Tuesday in New Orleans, a woman was killed and two men were injured in a shooting near a high school graduation venue on the campus of Xavier University, police said.

Phil Helsel contributed.

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