5 killed in U.S. hospital campus shooting

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HOUSTON: Five people, including the shooter, were killed in a hospital campus shooting on Wednesday evening in Tulsa, the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, authorities said.

Tulsa Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said the shooter was reported “down” around 5:30 p.m. local time (2230 GMT) and the situation at the building, which was active for about four to five minutes, was being treated as “a catastrophic scene.”

“We know there are multiple injuries, and potentially multiple casualties,” the Police Department said in a Facebook post.

The shooter was armed with a rifle and a handgun and fired both weapons at the Natalie Medical Building, a physicians’ office building on the St. Francis Hospital campus, according to Tulsa Police Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish.

Dalgleish said the shooter’s fatal wound was self-inflicted.

Police have not identified victims or anyone specifically targeted by the gunman.

There had been 213 mass shootings in the first 21 weeks of 2022 in the United States, including 27 school shootings and up to approximately 10 mass shootings every week, reported media organization The New Republic on Saturday, citing the Gun Violence Archive.

“This is a uniquely American phenomenon, for no other reason than the fact that, unlike everywhere else in the world, there are too many readily available guns in America,” said the report was written by Jason Linkins, deputy editor of the magazine.