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Tulsa shooting: Five dead in attack on medical clinic

Police have identified the suspect and four victims who were killed on Wednesday in Tulsa at the Saint Francis Hospital campus.

Tulsa police chief Wendell Franklin told reporters on Thursday morning that Michael Louis, the suspect, wanted to kill Dr Preston Phillips over recent back surgery and pain he felt.

He said the suspect purchased a semi-automatic rifle hours before the shooting took place on Wednesday afternoon, killing another physician, a receptionist and a patient.

Witnesses have meanwhile recalled what happened when the gunman armed with a rifle and handgun opened fire and took his own life.

Officers responded to the scene within four minutes to find a “catastrophic scene”, said Tulsa police Capt Richard Meulenberg.

Mr Franklin praised the actions of his officers for doing what they had been trained to do, “to take immediate action without hesitation, that’s exactly what our officers do”.

The others killed include Dr Stephanie J Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn, and hospital patient William Love.

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Shooting outside Iowa church kills two

Two people and a shooter died Thursday night in another shooting reported outside a church in Ames, authorities said.

The church is near Interstate 35, about 48.28 kilometers north of Des Moines.

Stuti MishraJune 3, 2022, 5:35 a.m.

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Republican pulls out firearms to oppose gun control during House hearing

Republican Florida Representative Greg Steube pulled out several guns as he took part in a debate on gun violence via Zoom.

The House Judiciary Committee was discussing a package of gun control measures following a series of mass shootings across the US.

The Florida lawmaker was taking part via video call when he showed off his firearms while arguing against specific measures in the package that would institute limits on magazines.

“I hope to God that gun isn’t loaded,” Texas Democrat Sheila Lee said.

“I’m at my house. I can do whatever I want with my guns,” Mr Steube responded.

Here’s more from Gustaf Kilander who was watching the action for The Independent.

Stuti Mishra3 June 2022 05:20

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Tulsa shooting: Everything we know about hospital attack that killed four people

Read the latest details on the Tulsa shooting.

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What was the Tulsa shooter’s motive?

Officials have identified the man suspected of shooting and killing four people at a medical clinic in Oklahoma.

Tulsa Police Department police chief Wendell Franklin said that Michael Louis, who they believe also died of self-inflicted wounds, was a patient at Tulsa medical clinic and was admitted to the facility on May 19 for back surgery.

“On May 31, Dr. [Preston] Phillips saw Mr. Louis again for additional treatment. Yesterday, June 1, Mr Louis called Dr Phillips’ office again and wanting additional assistance,” the police chief said in a statement.

Johanna Chisholm has the details.

Josh Marcus3 June 2022 04:20

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My daughter was killed by a shooter. None of us want Republicans’ thoughts and prayers

“The fight for sensible gun legislation has been thwarted by Republican lawmakers in the pockets of the gun lobby — all cowards who only offer the usual ‘thought and prayers’, or tell the public that ‘now is not the time to talk about gun control ‘,” writes Andy Parker, whose daughter was killed in a shooting.

Read the rest of his Independent Voices opinion piece on what needs to be done to stop future tragedies.

Josh Marcus3 June 2022 03:50

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Police clear bomb threat at Tulsa shooter’s home

“No devices were found,” Muskogee police spokesperson Lynn Hamlin said.

Josh Marcus3 June 2022 03:20

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Investigators are done with the scene of Tulsa shooting

Crime scene investigators and homicide detectives are therefore examining the crime scene of Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Tulsa, Oklahoma hospital.

The violence was confined to a single floor, which housed an orthopedic unit staffed by a doctor, Preston Phillips, who had performed back surgery on the accused gunman.

“He blamed Dr. Phillips for the ongoing pain following the surgery,” the Tulsa police chief said on Thursday.

Officials have turned the Saint Francis Health System back over to hospital administrators.

Josh Marcus3 June 2022 02:50

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Oklahoma was first state to ban red flag laws in 2020

Many are paying new scrutiny to Oklahoma’s gun laws after the Tulsa shooting.

Some are pointing to a decision made in 2020 to sign the nation’s first and apparently only bill outlining “red flag” provisions, which let authorities seize the guns of those deemed by a court to be a danger to themselves or others.

“Red flag laws would circumvent our laws, stripping American citizens of their rights to due process under the law. As a veteran and an American, I could never let that happen,” state representative Jay Steagall, the author of the bill, said when the law was signed.

Josh Marcus3 June 2022 02:20

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Bystander in Tulsa shooting tied to Buffalo massacre as well

Lachelle Nathan has now been touched by two different mass shootings that have rocked America in recent weeks.

She was at the hospital in Tulsa on Wednesday for a doctor’s appointment when the shooting broke out.

“It’s awful, it’s sad. My daughter-in-law is from Buffalo, so now it’s so close to home. It’s not even safe if you come outside anymore, you know?” she told CNN affiliate KTUL.

Josh Marcus3 June 2022 01:50

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Tulsa shooting: 911 call came during hospital video chat

The 911 call that sent police racing to stop a shooting at a hospital in Tulsa came from outside of the building, according to officials.

Someone on a video call with a doctor in the hospital was ultimately the one who alerted first responders to the shooting around 5pm on Wednesday, according to the city’s police chief.

Josh Marcus3 June 2022 01:30

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