Woman's death in south Tulsa mall parking lot ruled suicide

TULSA, Okla. — A woman shot to death Thursday night outside of Tulsa's Woodland Hills Mall near 71st and Memorial committed suicide, according to police.

The victim was found in the mall parking lot and pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified her as Samantha Barlow, 21.

Police said the bullet went through her chest and out her back. They initially said she was shot in the back, and they were unsure if the situation was a murder or suicide.

Officers recovered only one shell casing. They found the gun at the scene.

FOX23's Katie Higgins was at the scene shortly after the call went out:

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Police confirmed that she was from McAlester and was working in Tulsa.

A man walking out of Texas de Brazil reportedly saw her laying by her car, which was still running, and called police.

Police said its unusual for the victim to be outside of the car with the vehicle still running during a suicide.

Investigators tried to review surveillance, but they said it was "sporadic" and they haven't been able to find video that tells them what happened.

Officers said that Barlow went to a nearby Walmart alone just minutes before her death and printed off several pictures and purchased stamps and an envelope. They reportedly found a letter to an inmate at the Pittsburg County Jail that indicated that Barlow intended to take her own life.

FOX23 reached out to Simon Malls, who shared this statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the woman who passed away last night. We are working closely with Tulsa PD as they investigate this isolated incident. Please reach out to them for further questions."

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