‘Senseless Act Of Violence And Hatred’: Oklahoma Governor, Other Leaders, Condemn Tulsa Medical Center Shooting
Police respond to the scene of a mass shooting on at St. Francis Hospital on June 1, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma leaders condemned the Wednesday shooting at a Tulsa medical center that left five people dead, including the shooter, who appears to have committed suicide.

The shooter, who has been described as a black man between the ages of 35 and 40, went to the Natalie Building on the St. Francis Hospital Campus, where he began shooting.

“Officers immediately rushed to the second floor where the shooting was taking place, when they got there they found a few people had been shot, a couple were dead at that time,” Tulsa Police Captain Richard Meulenberg told ABC News. “We also found at that time who [we] believe and still believe to [be] the shooter.”

The shooter reportedly brought two weapons with him to conduct the attack.

“We are doing a meticulous floor-by-floor, room-by-room search. It’s calmed down,” Meulenberg said on Wednesday. “We’re trying to connect people and we’re hoping not to find any victims.”

In the wake of the tragedy, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) released a statement calling the attack “a senseless act of violence and hatred.”

“Sarah and I are praying for the families of those who lost their lives and for those who were injured,” the governor added. “I am grateful for the quick and brave actions of the Tulsa Police Department and other first responders who did their best to contain a terrible situation.”

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R) also released a statement.

“Cindy and I are heartbroken to hear the devastating news out of Tulsa this evening. We are praying for the families of the lives that were taken far too soon and for a full recovery for those who were injured today. It is hard to process the anger that motivates someone to commit such violence, especially at a place that provides care and healing,” Lankford said. “I am in touch with local officials in Tulsa and will continue to receive updates on the situation. Our law enforcement and first responders were prepared and equipped to respond to a situation to which no one ever wants to respond. I’m grateful for their quick reaction to prevent any further loss of life.”

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt also expressed his concern, saying “Oklahoma City’s prayers go out to the victims of the shooting in Tulsa, their families, the health care professionals affected, and all the people of Tulsa.”

The shooting in Tulsa came just days after a gunman opened fire at a festival in Taft, Oklahoma, killing a 39-year-old woman and injuring seven others. That shooting was reportedly prompted by an argument.

It is still unclear why a gunman targeted the Tulsa medical center.

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