A gunman in Tulsa, Oklahoma killed four people at a hospital Wednesday before taking his own life, in just the latest mass shooting to rock the nation in recent weeks.
Suspect Michael Louis, 45, was driven to kill by back pain that he blamed on an orthopedic surgeon, the New York Post reported.
Gunman kills four people in Tulsa
Louis had recently seen Dr. Preston Phillips for back surgery and had been calling his office until the day of the shooting complaining of unresolved back pain. He had just been seen by Dr. Phillips on Tuesday.
Tulsa police chief Wendell Franklin said the shooter left a note explaining his intention to kill Dr. Phillips and “anyone who got in his way.”
“He blamed Dr. Phillips for the ongoing pain following the surgery,” Franklin told reporters.
Louis opened fire at the Natalie Medical Building at Saint Francis Health System around 5 p.m. Wednesday, killing Phillips, 59, and three others: Dr. Stephanie J. Husen, 48, receptionist Amanda Glenn, 40, and William Love, 73, a patient and retired Army sergeant who witnesses say heroically held a door shut to help others escape.
The police arrived at the scene within minutes of the 911 call. Moments later, Louis reportedly shot himself. Louis carried an AR-15 style rifle he bought the day of the shooting and a handgun he bought on Sunday.
Biden, media oddly downplay shooting
Oddly, the shooting has received a relatively muted response from President Biden and the liberal media. Louis was Black.
Given the suspect’s background, many are sure to question whether there is a political motive involved in Biden’s reluctance to dwell on the tragedy. He has said little about the shooting, apart from a short White House statement saying he was monitoring the situation.
Democrats have been capitalizing on recent mass shootings in Texas and New York to push for gun control. Biden gave a speech Thursday night thundering against guns and calling for a ban on assault weapons, among other restrictions.
Biden insisted, “this isn’t about taking away anyone’s guns.”
Do the victims in Tulsa not matter as much to Biden? Or did he just not find their deaths politically convenient enough to be worth mentioning?