Four victims, presumed dead after active shooter situation in Tulsa: police

TULSA, Oklahoma (KFOR) – Five people – four victims and the suspect – are dead Wednesday afternoon after an active shooting at a medical building near a hospital in Tulsa, police have confirmed.

Just before 5 p.m. CT, officers were called to the Natalie building near Saint Francis Hospital to retrieve a man armed with a gun, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin confirmed on Twitter. During a news conference Wednesday night, Deputy Police Chief Eric Dalgleish said officers heard gunshots inside the building upon arrival.

“This has become an active shooter situation,” a Tulsa police spokesman said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. Police went to the second floor, where an orthopedic center is located, and found the bodies of the victims and the suspect.

Dalgleish confirmed that four people were killed and that the gunman appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect had both a pistol and a long gun, both of which appear to have been fired.

While authorities have yet to identify the victims, the Saint Francis Health System released a statement Wednesday night saying it was mourning the loss of four family members.

“As a faith-based organization, the only option we have right now is to pray as we navigate this tragedy,” he said statement reads. “Out of respect for the families, we are not commenting or releasing the names of those lost or injured at this time.”

Police Captain Richard Meulenberg also said several people were injured and that the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene”. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also at the scene, a spokesman said.

Police from nearby Muskogee are telling local outlet KJRH that they have been notified by Tulsa police that the suspected gunman may have left a bomb at a Muskogee home.

Muskogee police evacuated the home and urged those in the area to stay indoors. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb squad are now on their way to the house.

“I don’t know if I really understood how important our first responders can be and are every day,” Saint Francis Health System CEO Cliff Robertson said during Wednesday’s news conference.

Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum recognized the daily heroism and sacrifices of Saint Francis medical workers.

“This campus is sacred ground for our community. This is where heroes come to work to save the lives of people in our community,” Bynum said.

Tulsa resident Nicholas O’Brien, whose mother was in a nearby building at the time of the shooting, told reporters that he rushed to the scene.

“They pushed people out. I don’t know if some of them got hurt or just got hurt during the shooting, but some of them couldn’t walk very well. But they just wobbled and stumbled and got her out of there,” he said.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt called the shooting “a senseless act of violence and hatred” in a statement shared Wednesday night.

“I am grateful for the quick and courageous actions of the Tulsa Police Department and other first responders who did their best to contain a horrific situation,” he added. “I have offered Mayor GT Bynum any state resources that may be needed, and I am asking all Oklahomans to come together to support the Saint Francis Health System community and mourn with those whose lives have been forever changed.”

The Natalie Building houses an ambulatory surgery center and a breast health center. Following Wednesday’s shooting, Saint Francis has closed the Warren Clinic’s orthopedic offices in the Natalie Building until further notice.

Filming on Wednesday comes days later One person was killed and seven others injured at an outdoor festival in Taft, Oklahoma, about 45 miles southeast of Tulsa. A 26-year-old man was taken into custodyy for Sunday morning shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nate Jones

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