June 3, 2022

Tulsa Gunman ‘Blamed’ Doctor for Pain

The gunman who fatally shot four people at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, targeted a doctor who performed back surgery on him last month, according to police.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said that Dr. Preston Phillips had performed back surgery on the shooter on May 19, and he repeatedly complained about being in pain in the days after he was released on May 24.

Franklin said the shooter underwent additional treatment at the hospital on May 31 but still complained about pain, which he “blamed” Phillips for.

“He blamed Dr. Phillips for the ongoing pain following the surgery,” Franklin said.

The gunman purchased the AR-15-style rifle at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and entered St. Francis Hospital less than three hours later. He opened fire, killing Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn, and patient William Love.

The shooter had a letter on him “which made it clear that he came in with the intent to kill Dr. Phillips and anyone who got in his way.”

Franklin said the gunman entered through a second-floor door from the parking garage. As soon as he entered the building, “he began firing at anyone that was in his way.”

The chief said the shooter died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as officers moved toward the second floor.


Tulsa gunman bought AR-15-style rifle hours before using it to kill his former doctor, 3 others

One comment on “Tulsa Gunman ‘Blamed’ Doctor for Pain

  1. Gunny Gil says:

    Got to be more that this. Why would he kill the other three including a patient if all he wanted to do was kill the surgeon who did the job and then himself to get rid of the pain. The whole thing was due to insanity and if he was insane as that, his family, workmates, what ever should have reported him to the authorities, who also fail to do their job far too often

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