Tulsa Gunman Targeted Surgeon He Blamed for Pain, Police Say

The gunman who killed four people before killing himself at a medical building in Tulsa, Oklahoma targeted the surgeon he blamed for his back pain.

The shooter, identified as Michael Louis, went on the rampage at the Natalie Building at the St. Francis Health System campus with the “intent to kill his doctor, Preston J. Phillips, and anyone who got in his way,” the Tulsa Police Department said in a statement.

At a press conference, Police Chief Wendell Franklin said that officers found a letter from the crime scene that indicated “a clear motive.”

“He blamed Dr. Phillips for the ongoing pain following the surgery,” Franklin said, adding that the other victims “stood in the way, and Louis gunned them down.”

The other victims were Dr. Stephanie Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn, and patient William Love.

Police said that Louis underwent back surgery on May 19 and was released from the hospital on May 24. He then called “several times over the course of several days complaining of pain and wanting additional treatment,” Franklin said.

On June 1, Louis called again to complain, then legally purchased an AR-15 style rifle about an hour before the shooting.

Police arrived at the medical building four minutes after being alerted to the incident.

Police said they believed Louis killed himself after he heard officers approaching.

Officers also recovered a handgun, which they said Louis purchased three days before the attack.

The investigation is ongoing.

The attack is one of the 233 mass shootings in the United States this year, according to Gun Violence Archive.

Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.


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