Tulsa Hospital Shooting LIVE — Michael Louis named as suspect after four killed at Oklahoma hospital

FIVE people, including the gunman, have died after a shooting took place outside a hospital in Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Tulsa police confirmed that the suspect, who was identified at a press conference as Michael Louis, likely turned the weapon on himself.

Councilor Jayme Fowler told reporters that the gunman was looking for a "Dr. Phillips."

It remains unknown if the doctor was among the four victims as investigations continue.

The massacre occurred just eight days after a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, left 19 pupils and two teachers dead, and 18 days after a shooter killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

Read our Tulsa shooting live blog for the latest updates

  • Jennifer Korn

    'There was clear motive'

    "This is what he planned to do," said Chief Franklin.

    "That letter lead us and told us the story," he said of the letter found with suspect Michael Louis.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Guns were legally purchased

    "One was purchased an hour and some change before the shooting took place," explained Chief Franklin.

    "And the other was purchased three days before the shooting took place."

    Chief Franklin also confirmed that based on the information officials have, both guns were purchased legally.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'Nothing about race'

    Based on the information police currently have, "there was nothing about race that caused this incident to take place," said Chief Franklin.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Wife of suspect called police

    "The information that we currently have is that she did not know what was going to take place, but he contacted her… to let her know what he had done," said Chief Franklin.

    It is not yet clear if the shooter contacted his wife before or during the rampage.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Additional wounded patients

    There were additional wounded patients.

    However, they were all treated and released, according to hospital officials.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Victim likely held door closed

    Police Chief Franklin said he cannot confirm which victim held the door open for people to escape.

    However, he said he believes that it was the patient victim who held a door closed.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Police willing to work with lawmakers

    The chief said "I am more than willing," to sit down with legislators and tell them what police need.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'Fired at anyone that was in his way'

    The chief said there are accounts that "one of the victims held the door for someone to allow them to escape, and was shot and killed," said Franklin.

    "Amanda was a victim and she was the receptionist," he also clarified.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Police Chief answers questions

    "They were there for medical service," said Chief Franklin of the victims who were not doctors.

    "They stood in the way and Louis gunned them down."

    The victims included two physicians, a receptionist, and a patient, according to Chief Franklin.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Mayor calls on community to support St Francis

    "The collective impact of this community… that impact made a profound difference to people who are grieving and going through loss," he said.

    "I just want to say lastly, on behalf of everyone in this community, it isn't enough to tell the team at St Francis how much we love you, and how much we are grateful for you."

    "We will be here with you to walk with you through that process every step of the way."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Mayor Bynum tearfully thanks hospital staff

    "Our focus right now is on grieving," he said.

    "The suspect is dead," he said. "The threat that he brought to this campus, that has been ended yesterday,"

    He then tearfully thanked the staff at St Francis Hospital for coming to work.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Victims ID'd

    Police Chief Franklin revealed the four victims who were killed in the shooting:

    • Dr. Preston Phillips
    • Dr. Stephanie Husen
    • Amanda Green
    • William Love

    Mayor of Tulsa speaks

    The mayor praised "how many agencies and entities have leant their expertise to this response," said Mayor G. T. Bynum.

    "I really want to thank the first responders yesterday."

    Letter found on suspect

    Tulsa Chief Franklin revealed that officers found a letter on the suspect, which "made it clear he came in with the intent to kill Dr. Phillips," he said.

    The suspect reportedly blamed the doctor for his pain after surgery.

    Chief describes officers response

    The police chief explained that police moved in from the first floor and went up to the second floor to confront the suspect.

    According to police, the suspect took his own life after officers announced themselves.

    The final gunshot rang out at 4.58pm, about 39 seconds after the first officers entered the building.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Suspect named Michael Louis

      Louis purchased a semi-automatic rifle, an AR-15 style rifle and a semi-automatic handgun before carrying out the shooting.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Information can still change

      "This information is fluid and can still change, but it is the most accurate information we have at this point," said Chief Franklin.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Chief Wendell Franklin praises official response

      "We grieve with the families after this senseless tragedy,"said Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin.

      He said officers acted immediately.

      "This was a coordinated effort, it was not done half hazardly," he said.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Press conference to start shortly

      Updates are expected soon from officials at the Saint Francis medical building.

      The press conference is set to begin at 10.15am CDT.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Shooting comes after Uvalde tragedy

      The Tulsa hospital shooting comes not even two weeks after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde.

      19 children and 2 teachers were gunned down, and at least 17 suffered serious injuries.

    • Jennifer Korn

      Four killed in Tulsa

      According to authorities, four people were shot and killed at a medical facility on the grounds of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday.

      The shooter, according to Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish, is also dead. He stated, "We believe that is self-inflicted," per CNN.

      The identity of the gunman has yet to be ascertained, according to police.

    • Josie Rhodes Cook

      Rifle and pistol both found

      Two firearms — described by Tulsa police Captain Richard Meulenberg as a semiautomatic rifle and a semiautomatic pistol — believed to have been used in the Tulsa shooting were found next to his body, CNN reported.

      Two of the people killed in the shooting were found in the same room as the gunman, the police captain told the outlet.

    • Josie Rhodes Cook

      Rep Gallego: 'Congress must pass stronger gun laws'

      Arizona congressman Ruben Gallego appeared on CNN to discuss the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and tweeted after the show, "As I was leaving the show, I learned of yet another horrific mass shooting—this time in Tulsa."

      "Congress must pass stronger gun laws. Each day the Senate fails to act means more lives will be lost to senseless gun violence."

    • Josie Rhodes Cook

      Mayor GT Bynum's response

      Per New York Times, Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum was asked for his thoughts on Tulsa entering the list of American towns where mass shootings had occurred.

      He said: "Right now my thoughts are with the victims in here, many of whose families don’t know even know about this yet.

      "If we want to have a policy discussion, that is something to be had in the future, but not tonight, not tonight"

    • Carsen Holaday

      Shooting protocols ‘fresh in everyone’s minds’

      After criticism of the police reaction to last week’s shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Tulsa Police Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish noted that active shooter protocols were “probably fresh on everyone’s minds, according to the New York Times.

      “I will say Tulsa revisits that topic regularly.”

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