Tulsa shooting: Five dead in attack on medical clinic
Police have identified the suspect and four victims who were killed on Wednesday in Tulsa at the Saint Francis Hospital campus.
Tulsa police chief Wendell Franklin told reporters on Thursday morning that Michael Louis, the suspect, wanted to kill Dr Preston Phillips over recent back surgery and pain he felt.
He said the suspect purchased a semi-automatic rifle hours before the shooting took place on Wednesday afternoon, killing another physician, a receptionist and a patient.
Witnesses have meanwhile recalled what happened when the gunman armed with a rifle and handgun opened fire and took his own life.
Officers responded to the scene within four minutes to find a “catastrophic scene”, said Tulsa police Capt Richard Meulenberg.
Mr Franklin praised the actions of his officers for doing what they had been trained to do, “to take immediate action without hesitation, that’s exactly what our officers do”.
The others killed include Dr Stephanie J Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn, and hospital patient William Love.
‘What the hell are you waiting for?’: Jerry Nadler rips Republican colleagues for inaction on guns
Congressman Jerry Nadler had a fiery message for his colleagues who think it’s “too soon” after recent shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, and Tulsa, to discuss changing laws: “What the hell are you waiting for?”
Watch the New York Democrat’s full remarks below, which were cheered on by the Giffords center, a gun reform group.
Josh Marcus3 June 2022 01:10
American schools and public places have become ‘battlefields’ says Biden in call for action on gun violence
President Joe Biden delivered a plea for action on gun violence on Thursday as the nation recovers from a spate of mass shootings including horrific massacres in New York and Texas.
The president spoke live Thursday evening as members of the Senate, on recess, huddle to discuss possible compromised legislation in response to the shocking scenes of slaughter which unfolded at a supermarket and elementary school over the past few weeks.
Even those shootings, nightmarish as they are, risk falling into memory now in the face of violence that has unfolded in the days following those attacks in Uvalde and Buffalo, including shootings at a hospital in Tulsa and a high school in Los Angeles.
”There are too many other schools, too many other everyday places that have become killing places, battlefields here in America,” Mr Biden declared on Thursday from the White House.
John Bowden has the details.
Josh Marcus3 June 2022 00:51
As Tulsa searches for answers, Uvalde mourns
The Tulsa shooting occured on the same day that families in Uvalde, Texas, were mourning the horrific attack that killed 21 people in the small town last week.
In one striking image of a memorial, from washington post photographer Sarah Voisin, Christian Garcia is a pallbearer at a double funeral.
His mother Irma was one of two teachers killed in the shooting, and his father died two days later of a heart attack.
Josh Marcus3 June 2022 00:50
Biden says he ‘respects’ culture of gun ownership but finds GOP intransigence ‘unconscionable’
The president said he has respect for responsible gun owners, but he can’t pardon Republican’s “unconscionable” lack of action on gun control legislation.
“I respect the culture and the tradition and the concerns of lawful gun owners,” he said during his remarks. “At the same time, the Second Amendment, like all other rights, is not absolute.”
He called on those in Congress, especially Republicans, to make sure legislators don’t “fail the American people again.”
Josh Marcus3 June 2022 00:48
President calls for renewed assault weapons ban
Joe Biden is calling for a renewed assault weapons ban in the wake of multiple mass shootings in recent weeks using AR-15-style assault rifles.
“For god’s sake, how much carnage are we willing to accept?” he said against a backdrop of memorial candles in the White House. “How many more innocent American lives must be taken before we say enough?”
The president also called for raising the age to purchase assault weapons, implementing red flag and safe gun storage laws, and repealing liability protections for gunmakers.
Josh MarcusJune 3, 2022 12:40 a.m.
President has speaking begun on gun violence
You can watch his remarks here via C-SPAN.
Josh Marcus3 June 2022 00:33
Joe Biden expected to address nation about gun violence
The president should begin a planned speech about gun violence in about 15 minutes.
Here’s what he’s expected to discuss:
Josh MarcusJun 3, 2022 12:19 a.m.
Oklahoma reps make the pitch for more gun laws after Tulsa shooting
Democrats in the Oklahoma legislature are calling for new gun reforms after the Tulsa hospital shooting.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives’ Democratic Caucus has introduced a bill known as the Stand Against Violence and Extremism (SAVE) Act, which would repeal the state’s permitless carry law, increase the age required to buy a gun, and implement a “red flag” provision allowing authorities to sixteen guns of those deemend dangerous.
“The specific steps we are calling for will have an immediate impact on safety for all Oklahomans while also responsibly upholding the 2nd amendment,” Representative Monroe Nichols wrote of the proposal on social media.
He also pointed out that Donald Trump had supported red flag flaws.
“The solutions we are presenting are not ‘liberal’ ideas. They are common-sense, life-saving ideas,” Mr Nichols added.
Josh Marcus3 June 2022 00:10
‘I’m still in complete shock’: Remembering the victims of the Tulsa shooting
Amanda Glenn, 40, was working as a receptionist at the Saint Francis Health System when a gunman broke in on Wednesday and killed her and three others.
“I haven’t really came up with the words yet… I honestly have no idea what to say because I’ve been hysterically crying since I found out,” her brother, Jim Massengill, wrote on Facebook.
“But my sister Amanda Glenn was killed in the hospital shooting yesterday … more than me, her Husband and Children need all the love and support everyone can give them … my sister was one of the most kind and caring individuals to ever live … I wish I had more to say … but I’m still in complete shock.”
The mother of two teens was remembered as a University of Oklahoma football fan.
Josh MarcusJune 2, 2022 11:50 p.m.
‘She was known and loved by so many’: Remembering the victims of the Tulsa shooting
Dr. Stephanie Husen, 48, was one of the four victims of Wednesday’s shooting at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma native was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and member of the Chi Omega sorority.
The group posted a tribute to her on Instagram.
“Today we mourn the loss of one of our own members of PC’92. Our hearts are with the family and loved ones who lost such an incredible woman,” the tribute reads. “She was known and loved by so many and will always be remembered. No words could ever take away the pain of those affected, but know that we are here in full support and will continue to pray.”
Neighbors also told The Oklahoman she was frequently seen around the area walking her dog Boomer, and offering friends and acquiantances who stopped her medical advice.
Josh MarcusJune 2, 2022 11:30 p.m.