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Police say four killed in Oklahoma in new US gun rampage

Police say four killed in Oklahoma in new US gun rampage

According to authorities, a man armed with a rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a medical building in Oklahoma on Wednesday, killing four people, the latest in a string of mass shootings throughout the country.

Tulsa’s deputy police chief Eric Dalgleish told reporters outside St Francis Hospital that the gunman died of a self-inflicted wound.

Dalgleish said police were still attempting to figure out who the individual was, but that he was between the ages of 35 and 40.

The shooting comes just eight days after an 18-year-old man armed with an automatic rifle opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two teachers before being fatally shot himself, and less than two weeks after a white man accused of killing ten Black people in a racist attack opened fire at a Buffalo supermarket.

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When authorities learned of the attack at the Natalie Medical Building, which houses an outpatient surgical center and a breast health center, the St Francis Hospital was shut down on Wednesday afternoon.

Nicholas O’Brien, a Tulsa resident whose mother was in a nearby building at the time of the shooting, told reporters that he hurried to the scene.

“They were shoving people out the door.” I’m not sure if any of them were hurt or if they were harmed as a result of the shooting, but they couldn’t walk very well. “But they were basically swaying and staggering their way out of there,” he explained.

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“I was a little jittery. So when I arrived and learned that she (his mother) as well and that the shooter had been shot and was down, I felt a lot better. “What occurred is still horrific,” O’Brien remarked.

The White House stated in a statement that US President Joe Biden had been updated on the Tulsa incident and that the administration had provided help to local officials.

Despite recent major shootings, most Republicans and some Democrats in rural areas in the United States oppose gun regulation.

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Biden, who spent the weekend in Uvalde, promised earlier this week to “continue to fight” for reform, saying, “I think things have become so awful that everybody is getting more rational about it.”

Some senior federal lawmakers have expressed cautious hope, as a bipartisan group of senators worked all weekend to find areas of agreement.

They were apparently focusing on measures that would raise the age of gun purchases or allow authorities to take guns away from those deemed a threat to themselves or others — rather than an outright ban on high-powered rifles like the ones used in Uvalde and Buffalo.

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