According to authorities, a man armed with a rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a medical building in Oklahoma on Wednesday, killing four people, the latest in a string of mass shootings throughout the country.
Tulsa’s deputy police chief Eric Dalgleish informed reporters outside St Francis Hospital that the gunman died of a self-inflicted wound.
Police were still attempting to figure out who the individual was, although Dalgleish claimed he was between 35 and 40 years old.
The massacre came only eight days after an 18-year-old man armed with an automatic rifle rushed into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, murdering 19 students and two teachers before being fatally shot himself, and just over two weeks after a white man is suspected of killing 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket.
When authorities learnt of the attack at the Natalie Medical Building, which includes an outpatient surgical center and a breast health center, the St Francis Hospital was shut down on Wednesday afternoon.
“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 explained.
“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 remarked.
The White House said in a statement that US President Joe Biden had been updated on the Tulsa incident and that the government had provided local officials support.
Notwithstanding the major shootings, most Republicans and several rural-state Democrats oppose gun control in the United States.
Joe Biden, who spent the weekend in Uvalde, stated earlier this week that he would “continue to advocate” for change, saying, “I think things have become so awful that everybody is becoming more rational about it.”
Moreover, some prominent federal politicians have also expressed cautious hope, as a bipartisan group of senators worked all weekend to explore potential areas of compromise.
They were apparently focused on laws to raise the age for gun purchases or to allow authorities to take guns from those deemed a threat to themselves or others — rather than an outright ban on high-powered rifles like the ones used in Uvalde and Buffalo.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES