Friday Feb 03, 2023

Three killed in ‘catastrophic’ US shooting


Three people have been killed in a shooting at a Tulsa medical building on a hospital campus.

The shooter was also dead, police Captain Richard Meulenberg said. It was unclear how the shooter died or what prompted the deadly assault.

“Officers are currently going through every room in the building checking for additional threats,” police said in a Facebook post on Wednesday night (local time).

“We know there are multiple injuries, and potentially multiple casualties.”


Captain Meulenberg said multiple people were wounded and the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene”.

St Francis Health System locked down its campus on Wednesday afternoon because of the situation at the Natalie Medical Building.

The Natalie building houses an outpatient surgery centre and a breast health centre.

Dozens of police cars could be seen outside the hospital complex, and authorities shut down traffic as the investigation went on.

A reunification centre for families to find their loved ones was set up at a nearby high school.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also at the scene, a spokesperson said.

The shooting came eight days after an 18-year-old gunman armed with an automatic rifle burst into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and killed 19 children and two teachers before being fatally shot himself.

It also came slightly more than a fortnight after shooting at a Buffalo supermarket by a white man who is accused of killing 10 black people in a racist attack.

On Wednesday prosecutors charged 18-year-old Payton Gendron with domestic terrorism. Gendron, who describes himself as a white supremacist, is accused of shooting 13 people in total during the massacre – almost all of them black.

He will also face 10 separate first-degree murder charges.

The domestic terrorism charge filed on Wednesday accuses the suspect of killing “because of the perceived race and/or colour” of his victims.

There were also multiple mass shootings nationwide over the recent US Memorial Day weekend, even as single-death incidents accounted for most gun fatalities.

-with AAP

Source link

Back to Top