Four people were killed Wednesday in a shooting at a Tulsa, Okla., medical building on a hospital campus, a police deputy chief said.
Tulsa police Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish confirmed the number of dead and said the shooter also was dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The incident is the latest in a wave of gun violence occurring across the U.S.
It was unclear what prompted the deadly assault. The unidentified gunman fired both a handgun and a rifle during 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 about the shooting and making contact with the gunman one minute later.
Police said earlier on Facebook that officers were “going through every room in the building checking for additional threats.”
Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said multiple people were also wounded and that the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene.”
Police and hospital officials said they were not ready to identify the dead.
St. Francis Health System locked down its campus because of the situation at the Natalie Medical Building. The building houses an outpatient surgery centre and a breast health centre.
Tulsa resident Nicholas O’Brien, whose mother was in a nearby building when the shooting occurred, told reporters that he rushed to the scene.
“They were rushing people out. I don’t know if some of them were injured or just have been injured during the shooting, but some of them couldn’t walk very well. But they were just kind of wobbling and stumbling and getting them out of there,” he said.
“I was pretty anxious. So once I got here and then I heard that she [his mother] was OK, the shooter had been shot and was down, I felt a lot better. It still is horrible what happened,” O’Brien said.
The shooting comes amid a reignition of the gun control debate in the U.S. — happening just eight days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and barely more than two weeks after 10 people were shot at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket. The recent Memorial Day weekend saw other mass shootings across the U.S.
Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also at the scene, a spokesperson said. A reunification centre for families to find their loved ones was set up at a nearby high school.