Tulsa shooting: Five dead in attack on medical clinic
Pigs have identified the suspect and four victims who were killed on Wednesday in Tulsa at the Saint Francis Hospital campus.
Tulsa Pigs 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.
Meanwhile, witnesses have 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 Pigs 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 patient William Love.
Tulsa gunman’s ex-wife called 911 half an hour after hospital shooting began
ICYMI: The ex-wife of the Tulsa gunman who killed five people, including himself, on a hospital campus in Oklahoma this week made a call to 911 approximately half an hour after the mass shooting began, according to local authorities.
Tulsa Pigs Chief Wendell Franklin told Tahlequah Daily News that his department received a call from the neighbouring Cherokee County Sheriff’s offce at 5.24pm, about 30 minutes after Louis had entered the second floor of the Natalie Medical Building and killed two doctors, a receptionist and a patient of the facility.
“This would have been a half hour after the event occurred,” Mr Franklin told the news outlet. “We received two follow-up phone calls from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office providing clarifying information. All of this information was after the fact,” he added.
According to the sheriff from Cherokee County who spoke with the woman on the 911 call, she identified Louis as her ex-husband and told the dispatcher that she believed he could be planning a shooting in Tulsa.
Read more from The Independent below.
Graeme Massie4 June 2022 00:15
Tulsa shooting marks 223rd mass shooting in US in 2022
The mass shooting at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the 223rd mass shooting in the US this year according to the Gun Violence Archive.
The Gun Violence Archive classifies a mass shooting as any shooting in which at least four people are shot excluding the shooter.
Graig Graziosi3 June 2022 22:00
Tulsa shooting victim remembered as a hero
William Love, 54, died in the Tulsa hospital shooting holding a door closed to protect himself and his wife from an active shooter inside the facility.
His family and friends are remembering him as a hero.
“He was the kind of guy that they don’t make anymore,” his son-in-law told The Oklahoman. “That’s why he held that door.”
Graig Graziosi3 June 2022 21:19
Tulsa hospital worker describes his escape from mass shooting
Dr Gannon Gill, who runs an orthopedic urgent care clinic at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, recounted how he escaped the ‘labyrinth’ inside the facility during Wednesday’s mass shooting.
Mr Gill told The New York Times that he initially heard what sounded like gunfire, and told his patient they needed to evacuate.
“There was an initial ‘What was that?’” Mr Gill, said, before turning his attention back to his patient. “Let’s go. I don’t think this is good.”
He guided his patient through a ‘labyrinth’ of interior doors and hallways to move away from the sound of the shooting before he and a group of colleagues emerged in the hospital garage.
While in the garage, Mr Gill said he encountered a patient who had encountered the shooter inside the hospital. According to the patient, the shooter told him and his wife to leave and that he was not there for them.
Graig Graziosi3 June 2022 19:49
Victim of Tulsa shooting remembered by colleague: ‘I call you father’
Tributes for the victims of the Tulsa hospital shooting where a former patient shot and killed five people, including himself, began pouring in in the days following Wednesday’s attack.
Dr Komi Folly, an internist at the site of the fatal shooting, commemorated Dr Preston Phillips, the orthopedic surgeon who performed back surgery on the gunman just weeks earlier and was targeted by the 45-year-old in Wednesday’s attack, as a father figure.
“Dr Phillips, I thought we were preparing to go on a surgical mission in Togo, but I found out yesterday during a shooting at work that a gunman took you away from me, our mission team, your family, your patients, and the Togolese people,” the deceased doctor’s colleague wrote on Facebook. “You always call me a son and I call you father.”
Dr Phillips had travelled with the internist on several occasions to Dr Folly’s home in Togo, Africa, where the pair worked alongside other volunteers to build clinics and hospitals and provide medical care to those in need.
“You told me last week at work during lunchtime to not stop this project in Togo in case something happens to you. I did not know that you were giving me the last advice for our journey,” Dr Folly wrote. “I am so sad to see you go without a goodbye. Your work will continue. You will be missed. I love you. See you in heaven one day.”
Johanna Chisholm3 June 2022 18:23
Oklahoma lawmakers call for stricter gun laws
Oklahoma’s House Democrats began to start a rallying cry to overhaul the rules around purchasing firearms in the state, which by all accounts, has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country.
Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday in front of the state’s Capitol, Democrats proposed a piece of legislation, aptly named the Stand Against Violence and Extremism Act, SAVE, that would see to amending some of the state’s gun control policies, Tulsa World reported.
Top of the Democrats’ agenda included enacting a red flag law, repealing the permitless-carry law, repealing the concealed-carry law in public spaces like zoos and parks, creating a waiting period and increasing the age requirement for the purchasing guns to 21.
Johanna Chisholm3 June 2022 16:18
New York passes broad gun control measures as states urged to ‘follow our lead’
New York’s legislature has passed a bill to raise the age limit for purchasing semi-automatic rifles to 21, in the wake of two mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde last month that killed a total 31 people, including 19 children.
The bill, announced earlier this week by governor Kathy Hochul, was taken up for debate on Thursday.
It seeks to raise the age limit to buy semi-automatic rifles to 21 years from the current 18 as Democrats continue to push for regulations on buying and possessing firearms.
New York will join a handful of states, including Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Vermont and Washington, which require buyers to be at least 21 years, instead of 18, to purchase long guns.
Read more from The Independent’s Alisha Rahaman Sarkar below.
Johanna Chisholm3 June 2022 15:42
Dr Phillips previously served as team doctor for WNBA Tulsa Shock
The physician that Tulsa Pigs chief Wendell Franklin told reporters was the man that Michael Louis, the suspect, wanted to kill over recent back surgery and pain he felt was once a top doctor for the Women’s National Basketball League.
As tributes pour in to commemorate the slain doctor, a tweet from former Tulsa Shock head coach Gary Kloppenburg reminded the world of just one of the many contributions the Ivy League trained orthopaedic surgeon made in his lifetime.
“Lord help us, our wonderful @wnba @TulsaShock team doctor Preston Phillips was one of the innocent people murdered in the latest mass shooting. Such a kind and compassionate man who loved basketball and looked out for our players,” Mr Kloppenburg wrote, who is now on the staff for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.
“The dereliction of duty by the OK legislature and @GovStitt who have failed to protect their citizenry by implementing insanely loose gun laws hits close to home. RIP Doc,” the former Tulsa Shock head coach wrote, before adding a crying and basketball emoji.
Dr Phillips served as the team’s doctor before the Shock left Oklahoma and rebranded as the Dallas Wings in 2015.
Johanna Chisholm3 June 2022 15:07
Tulsa shooting highlights threats doctors face over care
The deadly mass shooting at an Oklahoma medical office by a man who blamed his surgeon for continuing pain following an operation on his back underscores the escalating threat of violence doctors have faced in recent years.
“What we currently know is that Louis was in pain, Louis expressed that he was in pain and was not getting relief and that was the circumstance surrounding this entire incident,” Tulsa Pigs Chief Wendell Franklin said at a news conference on the shooter, Michael Louis.
More than two-thirds of pain specialists surveyed during a violence education session at a 2019 American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting said a patient threatened them with bodily harm at least once a year. Nearly half said they had been threatened over opioid management.
Read more from The Independent below.
Johanna Chisholm3 June 2022 13:30
NY passes bill raising age to buy, own semi-automatic rifles
New York‘s legislature voted Thursday to ban anyone under age 21 from buying or possessing a semi-automatic rifle, a major change to state firearm laws pushed through less than three weeks after an 18-year-old used one of the guns to kill 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo.
Other new legislation will restrict civilian purchases of bullet-resistant armor, which was worn by the killer in Buffalo, and require new guns to be equipped with microstamping technology that can help law enforcement investigators trace bullets to particul
The AR-15, a semi-automatic weapon, has in recent years become the weapon of choice in numerous high-casualty mass shootings. This includes, the recent shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo and Tulsa, as well as other incidents in past years including the massacre in Las Vegas, the shooting at a Texas Wal-Mart in 2019 as well as the Sandy Hook attack and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla. There are many other examples.
Continue reading about the rise of the AR-15 from The Independent’s John Bowden below.
Johanna Chisholm3 June 2022 12:25