OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Oklahoma City Police said a bystander with a gun stopped a man who opened fire in a restaurant Thursday evening.
Officials responded to reports of a shooting near Lake Hefner before 7 p.m.
Police said that a man walked into the Louie’s restaurant and opened fire. Two people were shot and taken to the hospital. They were in good condition. A witness fell and broke his arm, but is also OK.
Armed bystanders confronted the shooter outside the restaurant. Police said the bystanders fatally shot the suspect.
The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Alexander Tilghman.
Police confirmed that a man seen in a video posted to YouTube last month is Tilghman. He posted several videos to the channel over the last month. In one posted April 27, he mentions that his life is in danger and asks for "real people" to contact him. WARNING: This video contains graphic language, and some may find the content upsetting.
Dr. Jason Beaman, a forensic psychiatrist and chair of the department of behavioral science as Oklahoma State Universiy, said the video appeared to show that Tilghman suffered from mental illness and showed signs of schizophrenia.
“An overwhelming majority of people with mental illness are not violent and most of the mass shootings are not secondary to mental illness... they’re just bad people,” Beaman said.
He said if the videos contained threats, it would have been very alarming, but from the five minutes of viewing the video, it would seem Tilghman needed help. He told FOX23 that more public investment into mental health would help prevent situations like the Oklahoma shooting.
Police also confirmed that Tilghman was a CLEET certified security guard, but they did not know if his certification was current.
The bystanders who confronted Tilghman were identified as Bryan Wittle, 39, and Juan Nazario, 35. They were interviewed and released.
Police are investigating. Check back for updates.
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