A gunman killed at least four people on a hospital campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, police said, the latest mass shooting to shock America as families in Texas mourned the dead after a school massacre a week ago.
A suspect armed with a rifle and a handgun was also killed in the attack on the St. Francis Health System hospital campus, police said.
“Right now we have four civilians dead and we have one shooter dead that we believe was self-inflicted,” Tulsa Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish.
He said officers responded to emergency calls about a shooter on the second floor of a clinic adjacent to St. Francis. Police went floor-by-room in an effort to clear the building during what authorities described as an active shooter situation.
Earlier, Tulsa Police Capt. Richard Muhlenberg said officers were treating the scene as “tragic” with “several people” shot and “multiple injuries.”
It was unclear how many others were injured.
Dalgleish said the entire attack lasted about four minutes, from the moment emergency calls came in to the time officers placed the shooter.
In a statement, the White House said US President Joe Biden had been informed of the Tulsa shooting and the administration had offered support to local officials.
Elizabeth Buchner, a paralegal who lives behind the clinic where the shooting took place, said she ran out of her house when she heard helicopters and louder noises coming from the direction of the hospital.
“This 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 saw a tactical team run inside a building, part of a response she described as “quick and strong,” “without hesitation.”
The shooting is the latest in a series of deadly attacks by gunmen that have rocked the United States over the past month.
On May 14, a white man targeted African Americans and killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. The shooter escaped and is facing charges.
Ten days later, an 18-year-old gunman armed with an AR-15 blew up an elementary school in the small Texas town of Uvalde, killing 21 people — 19 of them toddlers — before being shot dead by law enforcement.
On Wednesday, the body of one of the two teachers killed in that attack was buried in Uvalde, after the first funerals for the children.
In the United States, gun control faces deep resistance from most Republicans and some rural-state Democrats.
But Biden – who visited Uvalde over the weekend – vowed earlier this week to “move forward” on reform: “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody is being more rational about it.”
Some key federal lawmakers also expressed cautious optimism, and a bipartisan group of senators worked over the weekend to pursue potential areas of compromise.
They are focused on laws that would raise the minimum age to buy a gun or allow police to take guns away from people they consider a threat to themselves or others — but not a complete ban on high-powered rifles like the weapons used in Uvalde. the buffalo
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