Police received a call from a man walking with a rifle near a doctor’s office. When police responded, they said he had turned into an active gunman, according to Tulsa Police Chief Richard Meulenberg.
When police entered the building, they found several people shot.
“Officers immediately rushed to the second floor where the shootings took place. When they got there they found that some people had been shot, a couple were dead at the time,” Meulenberg told ABC News. “We also found out at that time who we believe and believe we are the shooter because he had a long rifle and a pistol with him.”
Tulsa police said the perpetrator was dead. It is not clear if he was shot by police, Meulenberg said.
Police said they were going through the five-story medical complex room to room to secure the building.
“We are conducting a meticulous search from floor to floor, room to room … It has calmed down. We are trying to connect people and we hope we will not find victims,” said Meulenberg.
The Tulsa Police Department said it would stay away from the area and that family reunification would take place at Memorial High School on the west side of LaFortune Park.
The White House issued a statement Wednesday night in response to the shooting.
“President Biden has been informed of the shooting in Oklahoma Tulsa. The White House is closely monitoring the situation and has contacted state and local officials for support.”
So far in 2022 there have been 233 mass shootings since June 1, including in Tulsa.
The Gun Violence Archive, which defines mass shooting as shooting with four or more people injured or killed, excluding the perpetrator, counted 693 mass shootings in 2021, 611 in 2020 and 417 in 2019.
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