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Tulsa shooting suspect targeted surgeon he blamed for pain, police say

Emergency personnel at the scene of the shooting in Tulsa (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
Emergency personnel at the scene of the shooting in Tulsa (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

A man who blamed his surgeon for ongoing pain after a recent back operation bought a rifle hours before opening fire at a Tulsa medical office, killing the surgeon and three other people before fatally shooting himself, police in the US said.

Tulsa police chief Wendell Franklin said the gunman had recently undergone back surgery and had called a clinic repeatedly complaining of pain.

Mr Franklin said the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr Preston Phillips, was killed on Wednesday, along with another doctor, a receptionist and a patient.

“We also have a letter on the suspect, which made it clear that he came in with the intent to kill Dr Phillips and anyone who got in his way,” Mr Franklin said. “He blamed Dr Phillips for the ongoing pain following the surgery.”

Authorities said the gunman carried a rifle and handgun during the shooting at the medical building on a hospital campus, the latest in a series of deadly mass shootings across the country in recent weeks.

The shooting on the campus of Saint Francis Health System happened the same week that families in Uvalde, Texas, began burying the dead from the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade.

The victims and gunman in Tulsa were found on the second floor of a medical office where an orthopaedic clinic is located, police said.

Tulsa Medical Building Shooting
Emergency personnel respond to a shooting at the Natalie Medical Building on the St Francis Hospital campus (Tulsa World via AP)

The gunman, whose name has not been released, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Tulsa Police Department deputy chief Eric Dalgleish.

The hospital said in a statement that it was “grieving the loss of four members of our community”.

The spate of recent gun violence across the country, including the killing of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde by an 18-year-old gunman carrying an AR-style semi-automatic rifle, has led to Democratic leaders amplifying their calls for greater restrictions on guns, while Republicans are emphasising more security at schools.

The divide mirrors a partisan split that has halted action in Congress and many state capitols over how best to respond to a record number of gun-related deaths in the US.

Authorities investigating the Tulsa shooting executed a search warrant at a home in Muskogee, about 45 miles south-east of Tulsa, in connection with the investigation, police said.

Tulsa Medical Building Shooting
Family members hug as they are reunited at Memorial High School after being evacuated from the scene of a shooting at the Natalie Medical Building (Tulsa World via AP)

“It appears both weapons at one point or another were fired on the scene,” Mr Dalgleish said. “The officers who arrived were hearing shots in the building, and that’s what led them to the second floor.”

Police responded to the call about three minutes after dispatchers received the report at 4.52pm and made contact with the gunman at 5.01pm, Mr Dalgleish said.

“I was very happy with what we know so far regarding the response of our officers,” he added.

The length of time it took police officers in Uvalde to engage the gunman during last week’s deadly school shooting in Texas has become a key focus of that investigation. Officers waited more than an hour to breach the classroom where the gunman attacked.

Tulsa police captain Richard Meulenberg also said multiple people were wounded and that the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene”.

Tulsa Medical Building Shooting
Tulsa Police talk to a young man at Memorial High School as he waits to be reunited with a family member who was evacuated from the scene of the shooting (Tulsa World via AP)

St Francis Health System locked down its campus because of the situation at the Natalie Medical Building, which houses outpatient clinics and other medical offices.

“This campus is sacred ground for our community,” said Tulsa mayor GT Bynum. “For decades, this campus has been a place where heroes come to work every day to save the lives of people in our community.

“Right now, my thoughts are with the victims. If we want to have a policy discussion, that is something to be had in the future, but not tonight.”

Philip Tankersley, 27, was leaving his father’s room at the nearby Saint Francis Hospital when hospital staff said there was an active gunman in the building across the street, locked the doors and warned them to stay away from the windows.

Mr Tankersley said he and his mother sheltered in his father’s hospital room for more than an hour, trying to learn scraps of information from the TV news and passing nurses. He said they heard “code silver” and “level 1 trauma” announced on the hospital speakers and wondered if they were safe in the room.

“I wasn’t particularly worried because the two people that I need to look out for were in that same room as me,” he said. “But it was definitely a ‘this is happening here’ moment.”

The shooting on Wednesday also comes just more than two weeks after a shooting at a Buffalo supermarket by a white man who is accused of killing 10 black people in a racist attack.

Since January, there have been 12 shootings where four or more people have been killed, according to The Associated Press mass killing database.

Those shootings have left 76 dead, including 31 adults and children in Buffalo and Texas, the database says. The death toll does not include the suspects in the shootings.