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Gunman bought rifle on the same day he killed 4 people, Tulsa police chief says

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One of the victims reportedly held a door open for others to escape and was shot dead, Chief Wendell Franklin said.

Two orthopedic surgeons, a medical office staffer and a patient visitor were killed in a mass shooting Wednesday on the campus of Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa.

The gunman reportedly was able to purchase a semi-automatic rifle just hours before the slayings targeting a specific physician, according to investigators.

Mayor G.T. Bynum and officials from Saint Francis Health System and Tulsa Police Department offered more details Thursday on the shooting that left four innocent people dead, as well as the gunman.

The victims were identified by Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin as Dr. Preston Phillips, 59; Dr. Stephanie Husen, 48; receptionist Amanda Glenn, 40; and William Love, 73. A family member of Glenn's said the chief misspoke when identifying her last name during the news conference.

The shooter, who police say killed himself, was identified as Michael Louis of Muskogee, a patient of Phillips' who had recently been treated for back pain following a May 19 surgery.

Franklin said Glenn was a receptionist and that Love was a patient, but later a police spokesman said Love was with a patient.

"They stood in the way, and Louis gunned them down," the police chief said. He said Love reportedly held a door closed to allow another injured person to escape the office.

Franklin said Louis' wife confirmed with police that he blamed Phillips for his ongoing pain issues after being discharged May 24 following his surgery. She said Louis contacted her to let her know what he had done, but Franklin said she was not aware in advance of the shooting.

Louis reportedly had been seen by Phillips' office for a follow-up on his pain the day before the shooting.

According to investigators, the 45-year-old purchased an AR-15-style rifle about an hour prior to the shooting from a local retailer, Franklin said. Louis bought the .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol used in the shootings from an area pawn shop on Sunday.

Officers at the shooting scene found 30 shell casings from the rifle and seven from the pistol rounds, Franklin said. 

 
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