Two doctors, a receptionist and a former soldier who was accompanying his wife during an exam were killed in a mass shooting at a Tulsa medical building, authorities said Thursday.
Police, Saint Francis health system officials and others released details of the victims of Wednesday’s shooting.
One of the doctors used to work for a pro basketball team, and the other was a big college football fan. The front desk supervisor cheered on her sons’ high school baseball team, and police said the fourth victim was an Army veteran who gave his life for his wife during the shooting.
DR PRESTON PHILLIPS
Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Phillips operated on the shooter’s back last month and was the primary target of the shooting. Phillips, 59, was found dead in a second floor examination room.
Phillips was an orthopedist with interests in spinal surgery and joint reconstruction, according to a profile on the hospital system’s website. According to Tulsa World, he had served as the senior physician for Tulsa’s WNBA team before the franchise moved out of state.
In addition to his medical studies, Phillips held advanced degrees in organic chemistry, pharmacology, and theology.
dr Cliff Robertson, president and CEO of Saint Francis Health System, said Phillips was a dedicated caregiver who saw medicine as his calling. Robertson said Phillips was a “perfect gentleman”.
“He was — he is — a man we should all emulate,” Robertson said. “The fact that someone behind Dr. Phillips is overwhelming. He’s one of those guys whose clinic, you know, can’t always be on time because he’s spending every minute with the patients who need them.”
Phillips graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1990 and completed his fellowship at the university-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
“Tragically, this incident is the latest in a seemingly endless series of devastating shootings that serve as a painful and recurring reminder that gun violence is a medical and public health crisis in this country,” said George Q. Daley, dean of Harvard Medical School, am Thursday in a statement.
In a statement, the J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society said Phillips is one of its members. The Towson, Maryland-based group said its mission is to increase diversity within the orthopedic profession “and to promote the highest quality musculoskeletal care for all people.”
The group called the shooting a “heinous act”.
DR Stephanie Husen
According to the hospital system’s website, Husen, 48, was focused on sports medicine. She received her medical degree from Oklahoma State University in 2000 and continued her education at Greenville Memorial Hospital and the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas in South Carolina.
Robertson said Husen was “an incredible person.”
Husen’s ex-husband, John Reckenbeil, said Husen was a physical therapist when she broke her foot in a car accident in the late 1990s. As she was rehabilitating her injury, Husen made the decision to go to medical school and study orthopedics, Reckenbeil told The Associated Press.
Husen, who had two brothers, loved her family and enjoyed being a doctor, Reckenbeil said.
“That’s exactly what is so unacceptable,” said Reckenbeil. “She does her job there … She loved helping people and she was ripped off this planet doing what she loved.”
Husen grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and was a big fan of Oklahoma Sooners football, Reckenbeil said.
“She was the greatest woman of all time,” he said. “She was the best doctor, she was the best person, she was the best wife.”
Husen recently cleaned up her house and sent him photos of his late mother’s wedding “out of the blue,” Reckenbeil said.
“That’s the kind of woman she was,” said Reckenbeil.
Reckenbeil said Husen was often “the smartest person in the room, but she never told you.”
Robertson said Glenn, 40, is a receptionist and has a supervisory role.
The three employees are “the three best people in the whole world who are most committed to what they do every day and care about others. You didn’t deserve to die like that,” Robertson said.
The Charles Page High School baseball team said in a Facebook post that Glenn is a devoted wife, mother and friend.
“She was on our Booster Club Board and served the baseball boys and coaches selflessly. She was the biggest cheerleader for her two sons and all of our boys!” the statement said. “Our baseball family is at a loss.”
Franklin, the police chief, said Love, 73, was found wounded in a second-floor exam room and taken to the hospital’s emergency room for treatment. He died there.
Although Love was a patient at the clinic where the shooting occurred, he did not have an appointment that day, instead accompanying another patient, Tulsa Police Captain Richard Meulenberg said.
Love was a retired sergeant with 27 years of service, including a tour in the Vietnam War, the Tulsa Police Department said in a statement posted to Facebook. Love enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, which included eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Love had brought his wife Deborah to the clinic for her six-month check-up on the day of the shooting, their daughter Karen Denise Love said. Deborah Love had back surgery in December.
They were in an exam room with one of Phillips’s assistants when the pair heard the commotion outside. When they realized it was gunshot, Karen Love said her father grabbed the door handle from inside the room.
“When they heard this guy pacing up and down the hall, they knew it was gunshots,” Karen Love said. “They thought it was someone who just shoots at people. My father tried to hold the door as best he could.”
The shooter walked past their room, but they heard him coming back. He then started shooting through the sheetrock and through the door, hitting William Love, she said.
Karen Love said her father was born in Georgia, a “poor sharecropper’s boy.”
“He was a red, white and blue guy, my daddy,” she said. “He was a good, stable person.”
Before his death, Love had planned to travel with his wife, his daughter said. They enjoyed California, Wyoming and Georgia, Karen Love said.
Foody reported from Chicago. Williams reported from Detroit. Sainz reported from Memphis, Tennessee. Jill Zeman Bleed contributed from Little Rock, Arkansas. Associated press researcher Randy Herschaft also contributed.
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