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Gunman who killed four people at Tulsa hospital legally bought assault rifle HOURS for shooting

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The gunman who shot and killed four people at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before committing suicide, was a back surgery patient determined to kill his surgeon because of lingering pain, and he had legally purchased the assault rifle he had in the shooting. used less than three hours before the tragedy.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Michael Louis, 45, who killed four people at Saint Francis Hospital on Wednesday, was found with a letter stating that he intended to kill Dr. Preston Phillips, who operated on him on May 19, “and anyone who stood in his way.”

Franklin said Louis had called Phillips about days of back pain and that he saw the doctor again on May 31 before returning the next day to kill the surgeon, along with Dr. Stephanie Husen, receptionist Amanda Green and patient William Love.

Franklin added that Louis had used an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle he bought at a local gun store less than three hours before the shooting and was also armed with a .45-caliber Smith and Wesson pistol, which he had on hand. May 29 bought for a pawn shop.

The police found a total of 37 casings in the hospital, 30 from the rifle and seven from the pistol.

Michael Louis, 45, entered Saint Francis Hospital on Wednesday to see his back surgeon, Dr. Preston Phillips, to be killed (pictured)

A shooting at the Natalie Building at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa has left at least five people dead, including the gunman with a self-inflicted gunshot.

A shooting at the Natalie Building at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa has left at least five people dead, including the gunman with a self-inflicted gunshot.

Tulsa Police Department Captain Richard Meulenberg told reporters: 'It's a disastrous scene there now'

Tulsa Police Department Captain Richard Meulenberg told reporters: ‘It’s a disastrous scene there now’

A woman cries while on the phone outside Memorial High School where people were evacuated

A woman cries while on the phone outside Memorial High School where people were evacuated

Relatives hug as they reunite at Memorial High School after being evacuated from the scene of a shooting at the Natalie Medical Building

Relatives hug as they reunite at Memorial High School after being evacuated from the scene of a shooting at the Natalie Medical Building

St. Francis Health System closed its campus on Wednesday afternoon due to the situation at the Natalie Medical Building, an outpatient surgery center and a breast health center.

Franklin said police received a call about the shooting at the medical center at 4:52 p.m. on June 1, and police arrived four minutes later.

Officers broke into the building at 4:57 p.m. and seconds later heard a pistol shot believed to be the last shot Louis fired to commit suicide in Phillip’s office.

The Tulsa chief added that one of the dead in the attack was hit when they held the door open for others to escape.

Hospital President and CEO Dr. Cliff Robertson burst into tears as he told what had happened at the hospital and lamented the loss of three of his employees.

“These were three of the best people in the world committed to taking care of others,” Robertson said. “They didn’t deserve to die like this.”

Louis’s niece told The everyday beast Police contacted her family, adding that they did not want to be identified as they were “horrific” about the shooting.

“We’re so distraught,” she said. “I don’t even want to be associated with it because I’m so disgusted.

“It’s just so shocking. If he committed suicide, okay. But those innocent people, that bothers me,” she added.

Tulsa police seen outside a Saint Francis medical building in Tulsa in response to a Wednesday afternoon shooting

Tulsa police seen outside a Saint Francis medical building in Tulsa in response to a Wednesday afternoon shooting

Police tape outside Tulsa's Natalie Medical Building as police respond to shooting that killed five people

Police tape outside Tulsa’s Natalie Medical Building as police respond to shooting that killed five people

Tulsa Police Arrive at Saint Francis Medical Building After Reports of Shooting

Tulsa Police Arrive at Saint Francis Medical Building After Reports of Shooting

Jayme Fowler, the city council, told reporters the gunman was looking for the doctor, and it’s not yet clear if the doctor who the gunman was was one of the victims.

Authorities also investigated whether the gunman had planted a bomb at a home in Muskogee, but said no explosives were found in the home following a search.

Tulsa police responded to the shooting scene within minutes and arrived while the shooting was underway, Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish said at a news conference.

“The officers who did arrive heard shots fired into the building, so they were directed to the second floor,” he said.

As soon as the gunfire ceased Authorities searched the building “floor by floor, room by room,” said Captain Meulenberg.

On aerial footage from a TV helicopter, first responders appeared to wheel someone on a stretcher away from the hospital building.

Police said they are still in the process of identifying the gunman and while they have not commented on the gunman’s motivation, Captain Richard Meulenberg told reporters: ‘It was not random’

“This wasn’t someone who just decided he wanted to find a hospital full of random people. He made a conscious decision to come here and his actions were deliberate,” he added.

“There will be many questions, of course, and I think we have a very bumpy road ahead of us,” said Dr. Cliff Robertson, CEO of St. Francis Health System, adding that the shooting was a “senseless, horrible, incomprehensible act.”

President Biden was informed of the shooting and said the White House was monitoring the situation.

“The White House is closely monitoring the situation and has reached out to state and local officials to offer support,” officials said in a statement.

Oklahoma Republican Governor Kevin Stit also released a statement condemning the “senseless” shooting and said he is offering Mayor GT Bynum all the state resources he needs.

“What happened in Tulsa today is a senseless act of violence and hatred. Sarah and I pray for the families of those who lost their lives and for those who were injured. I am grateful for the swift and courageous actions of the Tulsa Police Department and other first responders who have done their best to contain a dire situation,” he said.

“I have offered Mayor GT Bynum all the state resources needed, and I ask all Oklahomans to come together in support of the Saint Francis Health System community and to mourn those whose lives have been changed forever,” Stit added. .

The mass shooting comes just eight days after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two teachers before authorities shot and killed him.

The tragic shooting has rekindled the conversation about gun ownership.

House Democrats are already planning a vote next week on “red flag” legislation that would allow a judge to ban dangerous persons from having firearms, and the Justice Committee is holding an emergency hearing Thursday to highlight the legal gun violence laws, which include measures to raise the minimum age for purchasing certain weapons to 21 years.

While Republicans see improving safety in schools and addressing mental health issues as a more pressing need than limiting the availability of guns.

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