New details to be released after mass hospital shooting
TULSA, Okla. (KFOR) – Authorities have released more information about a deadly mass shooting at a medical complex in Tulsa.
On Wednesday evening, officials say a a shooter went to the campus of Saint Francis Hospital and walked to the resort’s Natalie Building, located near 61st Street and Yale Avenue.
Officers arrived on the scene just four minutes after the initial 911 call and could hear gunshots coming from the building.
“The officers who arrived heard gunshots in the building and that’s what directed them to the second floor,” Tulsa Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish said.
Police went to the second floor, where an orthopedic center is located, and found the bodies of the victims and the suspect.
In total, officials say four victims and the suspect were found dead at the medical complex.
The suspect, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was armed with a rifle and a handgun.
Tulsa Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg also said several people were injured, saying the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene.”
“We at the Tulsa Police Department mourn with families after this senseless tragedy, we mourn with coworkers, and we pray because we all need prayer. I can’t begin to thank the men and women of the Tulsa Police Department for their immediate response to yesterday’s incident. Our training has led us to act immediately without hesitation. That’s exactly what the agents are doing and that’s what they did in this case. They had the right mindset, they sprang into action and did a terrific job,” Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said.
At a news conference Thursday, city leaders released additional details about the shooting.
Authorities identified the victims as follows:
- Dr Preston Phillips
- Dr. Stephanie Husen
- Amanda Glenn
- William Love.
Chief Franklin also identified the suspect as Michael Louis, a recent patient of Dr. Phillips.
Franklin says Louis went to the hospital on May 19 for back surgery, which was performed by Dr. Phillips. He was discharged from hospital on May 24.
Shortly after being released, Louis began calling the hospital, complaining of persistent pain and wanting further treatment.
A day before the shooting, Dr. Phillips saw Louis for further treatment.
Then, on June 1, the day of the shooting, Louis called again for back pain.
Authorities also released a timeline of events surrounding the shooting.
- 4:52 p.m.: Someone on a video call with a doctor at the hospital called 911. The caller told dispatchers the doctor told him to call 911, saying there had been a a shooting.
- 4:53 p.m.: Dispatchers begin receiving additional 911 calls about a shooting on the Saint Francis campus.
- 4:55 p.m.: Dispatchers learn that the shooting took place at the Natalie Building, a five-story structure in the complex.
- 4:56 p.m. Tulsa’s first policeman arrives on the scene.
Chief Franklin said officers immediately began going to the second floor of the building and making their presence known. At that time, he said they heard a gunshot, which they believe was the self-inflicted gunshot that killed Louis.
It happened at 4:58 p.m., just 39 seconds after officers entered the building.
When police found victims, they began directing paramedics and first responders to their locations.
Officials also announced that Louis purchased a semi-automatic rifle just hours before the mass shooting.
“We know through the assistance of our ATF and their gun tracing that at 2 p.m. on June 1, Mr. Louis purchased a semi-automatic rifle from a local gun store. This semi-automatic rifle was an AR-15 style rifle. We know that Mr. Louis purchased a semi-automatic handgun, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol, on May 29 at a local pawn shop,” Franklin said.
Authorities say the weapons were purchased legally.
So far, police have recovered dozens of shell casings from the scene and a letter Louis had on him.
“We also found a letter on the suspect which made it clear he had come with the intention of killing Dr Phillips and anyone who got in his way. He blamed Dr. Phillips for the continued pain after the surgery,” Franklin said.
Chief Franklin says one of the victims was there for medical treatment, another was a receptionist and Dr Husen was providing patient care.
“They got in the way. They got in the way and Louis shot them down,” he said.
Franklin says there is a report that William Love held a door closed to help someone else escape the shooter. He says it’s probably when Love was shot and killed.
“Law enforcement across the country is dealing with increased violence between people. This is just another act of violence against an American city,” Franklin said.
Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum spoke about the competence of the law enforcement community and those who work in Saint Francis.
“Although I will never forget an officer yesterday, who is a seasoned veteran of the department, and he was one of the first to arrive here. And he said, ‘Mayor, it was like the beaches of Normandy there “Down. Everywhere I looked, to my left and to my right, there were officers running towards this building, jumping over bushes. Going around anything in their path between them and this threat so that “They can save people. That’s the law enforcement community we have here in Tulsa,” Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum said.
On Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt ordered that all American and Oklahoma flags on state property be flown at half-mast until June 5 in memory of the innocent victims who were killed in shooting.