Assault type firearm found at Tulsa hospital purchased same day of shooting

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An AR-15 type gun found at the scene of a shooting at a medical building in Tulsa, Okla., which left four people dead and nearly 10 others injured on Wednesday, had been purchased hours before the shooting, said Tulsa police announced Thursday.

Highlights

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin told a news conference that the suspect, identified as Michael Louis, purchased an AR-15 type firearm around 2 p.m. Wednesday, and police received the first reports of the shooting at 4:52 p.m.

A handgun also found at the scene had been purchased May 29, three days before the shooting, Franklin said.

Eric Dalgleish, Deputy Chief of the Tulsa Police Department said At a press conference on Wednesday, the alleged shooter, aged 35 to 40, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Key context

Tulsa police responded to a report of a person with a gun at St. Francis Hospital just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to Dalgleish. Responding officers arrived within minutes and found the shooter dead while working to clean up the Natalie Medical Building, a doctors’ office, Dalgleish said. The shooting in Tulsa comes just over two weeks after an 18-year-old man allegedly walked into a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and killed 10 people in what authorities called a racially charged attack, and a little more than a week after the death of a gunman. 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Further reading

4 killed in shooting at Oklahoma hospital, Tulsa police say (Forbes)

An assault-style weapon in a fatal shooting at a Tulsa medical facility was purchased that day, sources say.y (CNN)

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