4 killed in shooting at Tulsa hospital; gunman also dead, police say

NBCNews.com

Police say a man armed with a rifle and a handgun was also dead after Wednesday’s shooting at St. Francis Hospital.

Four people were killed as a gunman opened fire inside an Oklahoma hospital Wednesday, authorities said.

The gunman, described as 35 to 40 years old and armed with a rifle and a handgun, appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Tulsa Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish told reporters.

Tulsa Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said the gunman fired that shot as officers were kicking in a stairwell door to gain access to the Tulsa medical building where the gunfire erupted.

As many as 10 people could have been wounded in the shooting, Meulenberg said. No injuries were considered life-threatening, he said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 5 p.m. inside the Natalie Building at St. Francis Hospital, authorities said. The victims, whose identities have not been released, appeared to be a combination of patients and employees, Dalgleish said.

Part of the shooting appears to have occurred inside an orthopedic facility on the building’s second floor, Dalgleish said.

The gunman and his motive have not been identified.

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