Four people have died from gunshot wounds on Wednesday in a shooting at a Tulsa medical building on a hospital campus, a police captain said.
Tulsa Police Department Deputy Chief eric Dalgleish confirmed the number of deceased and said the shooter also was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
It is still unclear what motivated the deadly shooting. Dalgleish said the unidentified gunman carried both a handgun and a rifle during the attack.
“Officers are currently going through every room in the building checking for additional threats” police said in a Facebook post just before 6 p.m. “We know there are multiple injuries, and potentially multiple casualties.
Dalgleish said police responded to the call three minutes after the dispatcher received the report and made contact with the gunman one minute later.
Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said several were wounded and that the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene.”
Police and hospital officials said they were not ready to identify the dead.
On Wednesday afternoon, St. Francis Health System locked down its campus following the incident at the Natalie Medical Building. The Natalie building houses an outpatient surgery center and a breast health center.
Nicholas O’Brien, a Tulsa resident, whose mother was in a nearby building when the shooting occurred, told reporters that he rushed to the scene.
“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 said.
“I was pretty anxious. So once I got here and then I heard that she was OK, the shooter had been shot and was down, I felt a lot better. It still is horrible what happened,” O’Brien said.