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Police reported that at least four people were killed and multiple were injured after a gunman opened fire at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday. Police said the suspect, who was armed with a rifle and a handgun, is also dead.
The gunfire occurred on the second floor, Tulsa Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish said Wednesday in a press briefing.
Police received a call about the shooting at 4:52 p.m., were on the scene by 4:56 p.m., and made contact with the suspected shooter at 5:01 p.m., Dalgleish said. He added that authorities believe the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Currently, the suspect’s identity is unknown but is believed to be a Black male between the ages of 35 to 40.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said in a statement that “what happened today in Tulsa is a senseless act of violence and hatred,” adding, “I am grateful for the quick and brave actions of the Tulsa Police Department and other first responders who did their best to contain a terrible situation.”
“This has been the facility more than any other that has worked to save the lives of people in this city,” Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said at the press briefing Wednesday. He then thanked “the broad range of first responders today who did not hesitate to respond to this act of violence.”
Earlier Wednesday Tulsa Police Captain Richard Meulenberg said authorities were “treating this as a catastrophic scene.”
About 50 miles from Tulsa, the Muskogee Police Department said it was investigating a possible bomb inside a home, KTUL reported. The Tulsa Police Department contacted MPD with information they received that said the suspected shooter may have left a bomb in the residence. MPD told News on 6 reporter Brian Dorman that the home was searched and no bomb was found.
The shooting comes just one week and a day after 21 people — including 19 children — were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and 18 days after a gun opened fire inside a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. The recent spate of mass shootings renewed calls from progressive politicians and activists for firmer gun control policies.
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the situation, according to CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins. The White House said in a statement: “President Biden has been briefed on the shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The White House is closely monitoring the situation and has reached out to state and local officials to offer support.”
The massacre occurred just eight days after a shooter in Uvalde, Texas, murdered 19 children and two adults, and 18 days after another shooter killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Tulsa police have confirmed that four individuals have died, as well as the shooter.
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