Multiple victims at St. Francis Health System hospital


Police and hospital officials said they were not ready to identify the dead.

St Francis Health System locked down its campus because of the situation at the Natalie Medical Building. The Natalie building houses an outpatient surgery centre and a breast health centre.

Tulsa police and firefighters respond to the shooting at the hospital complex.Credit:AP

Tulsa resident Nicholas O’Brien, whose mother was in a nearby building when the shooting occurred, told reporters that he rushed to the scene.

“They were rushing people out. I don’t know if some of them were injured or just have been injured during the shooting, but some of them couldn’t walk very well. But they were just kind of wobbling and stumbling and getting them out of there,” he said.

“I was pretty anxious. So once I got here and then I heard that she [his mother] was OK, the shooter had been shot and was down, I felt a lot better. It still is horrible what happened,” O’Brien said.

Tulsa Police Captain Richard Meulenberg told the American ABC that police received a call about a man with a rifle on the second floor of a building on the medical campus and that “it turned into an active shooter situation”.

By the time officers arrived on the scene, “they found a few people have been shot. A couple were dead at that point,” Meulenberg said.

“We also found who we believed to be the shooter and still believe to be the shooter because he had a long rifle and a pistol with him,” Meulenberg added.

Aerial footage from a TV helicopter appeared to show first responders wheeling someone on a stretcher away from the hospital building.

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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 White House said President Joe Biden had been briefed on the shooting and that it was “closely monitoring the situation and has reached out to state and local officials to offer support”.

Some of the 19 victims in the Ulvade shooting were being laid to rest on Thursday (AEST).

Reuters, AP

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