At least five people are feared killed in a latest mass shooting incident at a medical office building in Tulsa, Okla, on Wednesday afternoon, media reports said.
The reports said that a man carrying a rifle and a handgun opened fire in a medical office building in Tulsa on Wednesday afternoon, killing four people before apparently taking his own life, news agencies quoting authorities, said.
At a news conference the Tulsa Police Department held that it was unclear whether the gunman had been targeting someone in particular.
The identity of the gunman was also not revealed though he was believed to be between 35 and 40 years old, the police said.
The police received a call about a shooting at 4:52 p.m., and it arrived at the scene four minutes later. All of the gunfire was believed to have taken place in one section of the Natalie Building’s second floor, the police said.
The victims could have been a combination of workers and patients.
Mayor G.T. Bynum of Tulsa said at the news conference that some of the families of the victims had not yet been informed about what had happened.
“This has been the facility more than any other that has worked to save the lives of people in this city,” Mr. Bynum said. He praised “the broad range of first responders today who did not hesitate to respond to this act of violence.”
Before the news conference, Capt. Richard Meulenberg of the Tulsa Police Department said that the gunfire had ceased and that the authorities were searching the building “floor by floor, room by room.”
“It’s a catastrophic scene in there right now,” Captain Meulenberg told reporters outside the hospital.
Chief Wendell Franklin of the Tulsa Police said on Twitter that the police had responded to an “active shooter incident” near East 61st Street and South Yale Avenue in Tulsa and next to Saint Francis Hospital.
The Saint Francis Hospital Ambulatory Surgery and Breast Center are both in the Natalie Building.
“Please stay away from the area and yield to all emergency vehicles as we deal with this response,” Chief Franklin said.
The Tulsa Police Department said on Twitter that it had set up a reunification site for families at Memorial High School.
The White House said that President Biden had been briefed on the shooting.
The shooting came just eight days after 19 students and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and 18 days after 10 people were killed by a gunman at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y.