According to Tulsa’s police chief, a gunman attacked a doctor performing his back surgery at an Oklahoma hospital and killed four people.
Police identified Michael Louis as the man responsible for Wednesday’s shooting at the St Francis Hospital campus, Tulsa.
The gunman blamed Dr Preston Phillips, a doctor who performed his back surgery to relieve the pain. Dr Phillips was among those who were killed.
Two other doctors were also killed by the gunman, who opened fire using a handgun as well as an AR-15-style weapon. This is the same semi-automatic gun that was used in the recent Texas school shooting.
Louis purchased the first gun just an hour before the shooting, and the third three days prior. According to Wendell Franklin, chief of police at Tulsa Police, both guns are legal.
After a shooting spree lasting about five minutes, he committed suicide.
These details are ahead of the President Joe Biden speech about gun laws on Thursday. The White House stated that he wants Congress to pass “common sense laws to combat the epidemic gun violence that is claiming lives every day”.
Police said that Louis had been parking on the second floor, where Dr Phillips’ office is located, and had shot at anyone who got in his way.
Chief Franklin stated that Louis had a letter about him that “made it very clear that he was coming in with the intent of killing Dr Phillips and all those who were in his path”.
Other doctors who were killed included orthopaedic surgeon Dr Stephanie Husen and receptionist Amanda Green. William Love was also among the victims.
When Mr Love was shot, he had a locked door that would allow someone to escape. One of the other victims was keeping a door open so someone could run.
Louis had gone to an appointment the previous day and Dr Phillips was trying to ease his pain following his 19 May surgery.
Louis had called his wife either before or during the shooting to inform her of what he was doing. His wife then called the police.
Police are still investigating the bomb threat that was made to his home.
St Francis spokesmen said that Phillips was a consummate gentleman and one we should all try to imitate.
“It is amazing that someone would want to go after Dr Phillips. His clinic isn’t always open on time, but he will spend every moment with the patients they need.
“It’s not only a shock, it’s also the ultimate loss of St Francis.”
Others were also injured during the shooting, but were treated and released the same day.