Suspect in Tulsa shooting sought surgeon | New

The man accused of killing four people at a Tulsa hospital on Wednesday blamed his surgeon for his persistent back pain, police say.

Officials identified the shooter Thursday as Michael Louis, 45, who underwent back surgery at the hospital on May 19, Chief Wendell Franklin said during a press conference with the mayor of Tulsa and officials. hospital officials.

“We also have a letter on the suspect, which made it clear that he came with the intention of killing Dr. Phillips and anyone who got in his way,” Franklin said. “He blamed Dr. Phillips for the continued pain after the surgery.”

Louis opened fire on the second floor of a medical building on the Saint Francis Hospital campus just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. He had died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound when police arrived minutes later.

Louis allegedly chased Dr Preston Phillips, who had his back surgery on May 19, according to a note he left with relatives, police said at a news conference. In the days leading up to the shooting, Louis reportedly complained of back pain.

“Louis was in pain,” Franklin said. “Louis said he was in pain and not getting relief.”

The four victims have been identified as Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Husen, receptionist Amanda Green and William Love, a patient.

The Saint Francis trauma team rushed to try to save Love’s life, but were unsuccessful.

“We wanted so badly to be able to use our skills and training to save these precious lives,” Dr. Ryan Parker, chief of emergency medicine at Saint Francis, said Thursday. “To Mr. Love’s family, I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you.”

Love held a door open to allow another patient to escape before he was shot, officials said.

Louis had purchased an AR-15-style rifle hours before the shooting, officials said. A few days earlier, he had also purchased a Smith and Wesson .45 caliber handgun at a local pawnshop.

“The shooter is dead. The threat he posed to this campus is over,” Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum said Thursday. “But the days ahead and the weeks ahead, he is so important to this community to show the Saint Francis team how much we love you and I want to thank you all for coming to work today.

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