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Tulsa Shooter Identified, Targeted Doctor Who Operated on His Back

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin identified Michael Louis (some media outlets report as Michael Lewis), 45, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, as the gunman who shot and killed four people on the second floor of the Natalie Medical Building at Saint Francis Health System on Wednesday evening, before reportedly taking his own life.

Franklin said around 4:52 pm local time, Louis opened fire on the second floor of the medical building, targeting a doctor (Dr. Preston Phillips) who operated on his back on May 19.

Franklin said Louis complained to the hospital multiple times about pain after the surgery, though it’s unclear what Lewis requested.

Officers recovered a letter written by the suspect with his clear intent to kill Dr. Phillips and “anyone who got in his way.”

Franklin shared the names of the four victims Louis killed, including Dr. Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Husen, Amanda Glenn (receptionist), and William Love (a patient).

Louis was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he bought the same day and a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun on Sunday.

“The information that we have at the current time is that they were legally purchased firearms, one purchased an hour and some change before the actual shooting event took place, and the other purchased three days before the shooting took place,” Franklin said.

Authorities recovered 30 bullet casings from the AR-15-style rifle and seven from the handgun. The shootings took place between 4:52 pm – 4:58 pm. After the six-minute shooting spree targeting Dr. Phillips and anyone else, the gunman took his own life.

The family of Lewis spoke with The Daily Beast:

“Tulsa Police called me and verified that it’s my uncle,” Louis’ niece said Thursday morning. “We are so distraught.” She requested not to be named in the story. “I don’t even want to be associated because I’m so disgusted,” she added.

Local media released a picture of Louis.


Around 7:30 pm Thursday, President Biden will deliver a speech to the nation about the recent slew of mass shootings.

  • RM says:

    I had major back surgery two years ago I must say my recovery took about a year before I felt back to my old self. Some people think they can get up and are ready to go after surgery that is not so rest is the answer and therpy for the first year. What this man did was pure evil his action is he’ll rot in hell for what he did.

  • TP says:

    Biden is taking away our guns based on “mass shootings” BUT there are more homicides committed in our major cities every weekend than all the “mass shootings” in the past few years. Notice he isn’t bothered by all those people killing each other. Well, unless it’s a white person killing a black person, then they make a hero out of the dead person.

  • Dorothy says:

    This is a rampage the Blacks are on and there is no other way to look at it. It is a hate crime. Now the impostor Biden is going to give a speech to the Nation. I for one, will never listen to this man after what he has done to the American Citizens and our country. He is nothing but a fraud and go ahead and treat him as a real President. This is so obvious what is going on. I do not hear about whites going around killing at every turn. This has got to stop because the Democrats are turning this whole situation around to fit their needs and destruction.

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