The United States Police revealed this Thursday that the armed man who shot dead four people in a hospital in Tulsa, in the state of Oklahoma, went to assassinate one of the surgeons for a personal reason: he blamed him for the pain he suffered after a back operation performed by the professional.
The suspect who committed suicide after the shooting, according to police confirmation, was identified as michael louiswho broke into Saint Francis Hospital in the city of Tulsa on Wednesday armed with a rifle and a pistol.
“Louis had recently been operated on by the surgeon Preston Phillips in the hospital and would have called the clinic to complain about back pain,” Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said during a news conference.
Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where the massacre occurred on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
The police found a letter from the suspect in which “he made it very clear that he entered the hospital with the intent on killing Dr. Phillips and anyone who stood in his way“, reported the police chief.
“He blamed Dr. Phillips for the continuing pain in his back after the operation,” he revealed.
In addition to the surgeon, the other victims of the brutal attack were another doctor, a receptionist and a patient.
They got in his way and Lewis gunned them downas he had warned in the letter,” Franklin said, adding that the attacker committed suicide after the massacre.
“The suspect purchased a semi-automatic pistol at a local gun shop. shortly before the shooting“, confirmed the police chief.
Strong police intervention after the armed attack carried out by Michael Louis, in Tulsa. Photo: Reuters.
This latest massive attack comes as Texas buries the remains of the 19 students and 2 teachers killed over the past week at an elementary school in Uvalde.
This new tragedy that occurred in Oklahoma reopened the debate in the United States and many are calling for stricter legislation on gun control.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have already been 233 mass shootings in the United States this year (those in which four or more people were injured or killed in a single event, not including the shooter).
With information from AFP