A 45-year-old man, Michael Louis, killed four people and himself at a medical office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday after complaining repeatedly about back pain following surgery, police said Thursday.
Dr. Preston Phillips, an orthopedic surgeon who performed back surgery on Louis last month, was shot and killed in the attack, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said at a press conference on Thursday. Louis was released from the hospital on May 24, but continued to complain that he was in pain, according to Franklin.
“Yesterday, June the 1st, Louis called Dr. Phillips’ office again, complaining of back pain and wanting additional assistance,” Franklin continued, adding that Louis legally purchased a semi-automatic AR-15-style rifle at 2 p.m. that same day from a local gun store.
He purchased a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun from a pawn shop on May 29.
He targeted an orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Preston Phillips, who was among the victims, police said in a news conference, in which they released the shooter’s name. Amanda Green, William Love, and Dr. Stephanie Husen were the other victims named.