Four people were killed Wednesday in a shooting at a Tulsa, Okla., medical building on a hospital campus, a deputy police chief said.
Tulsa Deputy Police Chief Eric Dalgleish confirmed the death toll and said the shooter also died, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The incident is the latest in a wave of gun violence across the United States
It is unclear what prompted the deadly assault. The unidentified shooter fired both a handgun and a rifle in the attack, Dalgleish said.
He said police were called to the scene just before 5 p.m. local time, responding three minutes after dispatchers received a report of the shooting and made contact with the shooter a minute later.
Police earlier said on Facebook that officers were “scrutinizing every room in the building looking for additional threats.”
Police Captain Richard Meulenberg said several people were also injured and the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene”.
Police and hospital officials said they were not ready to identify the dead.
St. Francis Health System has closed its campus due to the situation at the Natalie Medical Building. The building houses an outpatient surgery center and a breast health center.
Nicholas O’Brien, a Tulsa resident whose mother was in a nearby apartment building at the time of the shooting, told reporters he rushed to the scene.
“They were rushing people. I don’t know if some of them were injured or just injured during the shooting, but some of them couldn’t walk very well. But they were just wobbling and to stumble and get them out of there,” he said.
“I was quite anxious. So once I got here, I heard that she [his mother] was OK, the shooter had been shot and was down, I felt much better. It’s still horrible what happened,” O’Brien said.
The shooting comes amid an upsurge in the gun control debate in the United States – coming just eight days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Australia. Texas, and just over two weeks after 10 people were shot at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket. The recent Memorial Day weekend saw more mass shootings across the United States
Officers from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also at the scene, a spokesperson said. A reunification center allowing families to find their loved ones has been set up in a nearby high school.