‘Four civilians killed’ – gunman kills at Tulsa hospital in new US mass shooting, police say

  • A gunman shot four people at St Francis Health System Hospital in Oklahoma.
  • He was armed with a rifle and a pistol.
  • Police believe the perpetrator shot himself dead.

A gunman on Wednesday killed at least four people on a Tulsa, Oklahoma hospital campus, police said, following the latest mass shooting to cramp America that is coming while Texas families bury their dead after a school massacre just under a week ago.

The suspect, who was armed with a rifle and a handgun, was also killed in the attack on the campus of St Francis Health System Hospital, police said.

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“Right now we have four civilians who have died, we have a shooter who has died, and right now we think it’s self-inflicted,” said Tulsa Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish.

He said officers responded immediately after emergency calls came in that a shooter had stormed into the second floor of a clinic attached to St. Francis.

Police went floor by floor, room by room in an attempt to clear the building during what authorities described as an active shooting situation.

Loud tumult

Earlier, Tulsa Police Chief Richard Meulenberg said officers treated the scene as “catastrophic”, with “more” people shot and “more injuries”.

It was not clear how many other people could have been injured.

Dalgleish said the entire assault, from the moment emergency calls came, to the time officers engaged the shooter, lasted about four minutes.

U.S. President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting in Tulsa, the White House said in a statement, adding that the administration has offered support to local officials.

Police are responding to the scene of a mass shooting at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Elizabeth Buchner, a legal assistant who lives behind the clinic where the shooting took place, said she hurried out of her house when she heard helicopters and louder tumult coming from the direction of the hospital.

“It was the most law enforcement I’ve ever seen in one place in my entire life,” Buchner, 43, told AFP by telephone.

She said she witnessed a tactical team storming inside one of the buildings, part of a response she described as “fast and strong”, without hesitation.

The shooting is the latest in a series of deadly assaults by gunmen who have shaken the United States in the past month.

On May 14, a white supremacy targeting African Americans killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. The perpetrator survived and is charged.

Ten days later, an 18-year-old gunman armed with an AR-15 crashed into an elementary school in the small town of Uvalde, Texas, killing 21 people – including 19 young children – before being shot and killed by law enforcement.

On Wednesday, one of the two teachers killed in the attack was laid to rest in Uvalde, the day after the first funerals for the children.

Weapon regulation meets deep opposition in the United States, from most Republicans and some rural Democrats.

But Biden – who visited Uvalde over the weekend – promised earlier in the week to “continue to push” for reforms, saying:

I think things have gotten so bad that everyone is getting more rational about it.

Some key federal lawmakers have also expressed cautious optimism, and a two-part group of senators worked over the weekend to pursue possible areas of compromise.

They allegedly focused on laws to raise the minimum age for arms purchases or to allow police to remove weapons from people who were considered a threat to themselves or others – but not to a direct ban on powerful rifles like the weapons used in Uvalde and Buffalo.

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‘Four civilians killed’ – gunman kills at Tulsa hospital in new US mass shooting, police say

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