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Tulsa police officers comfort a young man as he waits to be reunited with a family member who was evacuated from the scene of a shooting at a medical facility in the Oklahoma city

Tulsa police officers comfort a young man as he waits to be reunited with a family member who was evacuated from the scene of a shooting at a medical facility in the Oklahoma city

Tulsa police officers comfort a young man as he waits to be reunited with a family member who was evacuated from the scene of a shooting at a medical facility in the Oklahoma city

A man who blamed his surgeon for ongoing pain after a recent back operation bought a rifle hours before opening fire at a Tulsa medical office and killing the surgeon and three other people before fatally shooting himself .

Tulsa police chief Wendell Franklin said the gunman had recently undergone back surgery and had called a clinic repeatedly complaining of pain.

Mr Franklin said the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr Preston Phillips, was killed, along with another doctor, a receptionist and a patient.

“We also have a letter on the suspect, which made it clear he came in with the intent to kill Dr Phillips and anyone who got in his way,” Mr Franklin said. “He blamed Dr Phillips for the ongoing pain following the surgery.”

Authorities said the gunman carried a rifle and handgun during the shooting at the medical building on a hospital campus, the latest in a series of deadly mass shootings across the country in recent weeks.

The shooting on the campus of Saint Francis Health System happened while families in Uvalde, Texas, began burying the victims from the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade.

The gunman, whose name has not been released, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Tulsa Police Department deputy chief Eric Dalgleish.

In a statement, the hospital said it was “grieving the loss of four members of our community”.

The spate of recent gun violence across the US, including the killing of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by an 18-year-old gunman carrying an AR-style semi-automatic rifle, has led to Democratic leaders amplifying their calls for greater restrictions on guns, while Republicans are emphasising more security at schools.

The divide mirrors a partisan split that has halted action in Congress and many state capitols over how best to respond to a record number of gun-related deaths in the US.

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Authorities investigating the
Tulsa shooting executed a search warrant at a home in Muskogee, about 70km south-east of Tulsa, in connection with the investigation, police said.

“It appears both weapons at one point or another were fired on the scene,” Mr Dalgleish said. “The officers who arrived were hearing shots in the building, and that’s what led them to the second floor.”

Tulsa police captain Richard Meulenberg said multiple people were wounded in what was a “catastrophic scene”.


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