Tulsa hospital shooting: number of wounded not known after four killed

A gunman carrying a rifle and a handgun killed four people on Wednesday at a medical building on a hospital campus in Tulsa, オクラホマ, 警察は言った, detailing the latest in a series of mass shootings across the US. The number of wounded was not known.

The Tulsa police deputy chief, エリック・ダルグリッシュ, said the gunman also was dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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

Police and hospital officials said they were not ready to identify the dead.

The spate of gun violence across the US has included the killing of 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school and the killing of 10 people in a racist attack in a supermarket in Buffalo, ニューヨーク. It has led to Democrats amplifying their calls for greater restrictions on guns. Republicans emphasize more security at schools.

It was unclear what prompted the deadly assault in Tulsa, Dalgleish said.

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

Police responded about three minutes after dispatchers received the report at 4.52pm and officers made contact with the gunman roughly five minutes later, Dalgleish said.

“I was very happy with what we know so far regarding the response of our officers,“ Dalgleish said.

The length of time it took officers in Uvalde, テキサス, to engage the gunman at Robb elementary school has become a focus of that investigation. Officers waited more than an hour.

In Tulsa, St Francis Health System locked down its campus because of the situation at the Natalie medical building, which houses an outpatient surgery center and a breast health center. Dalgleish said an orthopedic clinic is located on the second floor where officers discovered the shooter and several victims.

“This campus is sacred ground for our community,“ said the 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.

"たった今, 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 St Francis hospital when staff said there was an active shooter across the street, locked doors and warned them to stay away from windows.

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

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

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the scene. A reunification center for families was set up at a high school.

The recent Memorial Day weekend saw multiple mass shootings nationwide, including at a festival in Taft, オクラホマ, 45 miles from Tulsa. Single-death incidents accounted for most gun fatalities.

1月から, があった 12 shootings where four or more people have been killed, according to an Associated Press/USA Today/Northeastern University mass killing database. Those shootings have left 76 デッド, 含む 31 adults and children in Buffalo and Texas. The death toll does not include the suspects.