Today marks the 101st anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
A man carrying a rifle and a handgun opened fire in a medical office building in Tulsa, Okla., on Wednesday afternoon, killing four people and injuring several others before apparently taking his own life in the latest mass shooting to shock the country, the authorities said according to ABC News.
At a news conference on Wednesday night, Eric Dalgleish, deputy chief of the Tulsa Police Department, said it was unclear whether the gunman had been targeting someone in particular.
@TulsaPolice has responded to an active shooter incident near 61st & Yale. Please stay away from the area and yield to all emergency vehicles as we deal with this response. We will update the media as soon as we are able to gather details.
— Tulsa Police Department Chief Franklin (@TPD_Franklin) June 1, 2022
The identity of the gunman had not been determined, but he was between 35 and 40 years old, Chief Dalgleish said.
The police received a call about a shooting at 4:52 p.m., and they arrived at the scene four minutes later, Chief Dalgleish said. All of the gunfire is believed to have taken place in one section of the second floor of the Natalie Medical Building on the campus of Saint Francis Hospital, he said. The sound of gunfire drew officers to that area.
TULSA: This was the scene around 8:00 tonight. 4 people dead, as well as the shooter. We know the shooter entered a medical facility at St. Francis, and got to the second floor.
I was told hospital staff will be bussed to Memorial High School. @koconews pic.twitter.com/UonfMvjKkZ
— Jason Burger KOCO (@KOCOJasonBurger) June 2, 2022
“There is an orthopedic center, an orthopedic office, there, but I’m unaware if that occupies the whole floor, or if there are other offices on the floor,” he said, adding that it was “at least part of the scene.”