White House and Oklahoma leaders release statements on Tulsa shooting

The White House has confirmed the shooting at Tulsa’ s Natalie Medical Building, near 61st and Yale, is on the president’s radar. Tulsa police confirm three people are dead and that the shooter was also killed.

They said in a statement:

President Biden has been briefed on the shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The White House is closely monitoring the situation and has reached out to state and local officials to offer support.

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Saint Francis Health System released the following statement:

“Saint Francis Health System is grieving the loss of four members of our family. As a faith based organization, the only recourse we have at this moment is to pray while we navigate this tragedy.

Out of respect for the families, we are not commenting on or releasing names of those lost or injured at this time.

We are sincerely thankful for the quick response by the Tulsa Police Department, first responders and EMS agencies. And, our deepest gratitude extends to the members of our own Saint Francis family who cared for their own during this incident.

To allow our staff and caregivers the opportunity to process today’s tragedy, all Warren Clinic appointments in Tulsa and Broken Arrow scheduled before noon tomorrow have been cancelled. Additionally, the Warren Clinic Orthopedic offices in the Natalie Building will be closed until further notice.

We ask that you please pray for the employees and physicians of the Saint Francis Health System.”

Governor Kevin Stitt has released the following statement:

“What happened today in Tulsa is a senseless act of violence and hatred. Sarah and I are praying for the families of those who lost their lives and for those who were injured.”

“I am grateful for the quick and brave actions of the Tulsa Police Department and other first responders who did their best to contain a terrible situation.”

“I have offered Mayor G.T. Bynum any state resources that may be needed, and I ask all Oklahomans to come together in support of the Saint Francis Health System community and to grieve with those whose lives have been forever changed.”

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement:

“Cindy and I are heartbroken to hear the devastating news out of Tulsa this evening. We are praying for the families of the lives that were taken far too soon and for a full recovery for those who were injured today. It is hard to process the anger that motivates someone to commit such violence, especially at a place that provides care and healing.”

“I am in touch with local officials in Tulsa and will continue to receive updates on the situation. Our law enforcement and first responders were prepared and equipped to respond to a situation to which no one ever wants to respond. I’m grateful for their quick reaction to prevent any further loss of life.”

Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith released this statement:

“The Tulsa County Board of County Commissioners is deeply saddened by the shooting at Saint Francis Hospital’s Natalie Medical Building, and we urge all Tulsa County residents to support those affected by this tragedy, including the families of victims and the employees at Saint Francis, by allowing law enforcement to secure and process the scene as so many grieve.”

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Tulsa County Commissioner Stan Sallee released this statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones today and all the staff and bystanders who were subjected to the terrible actions of the shooter. I also want to thank all law enforcement and first responders who arrived at the scene so quickly following the shooting.”

Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement:

“A few moments ago, I spoke with Chief Wendell Franklin, who updated me on the terrible situation near St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. There’s still a lot we don’t know about what happened tonight in the Natalie Building, but what we do know is this: multiple lives were taken from us, and many more changed forever. My prayers are with those who lost loved ones tonight, and with the entire Tulsa community as we recover from this tragedy. I am thankful for our law enforcement officers who responded quickly.”

This story will continue to be updated as more statements come in.

U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson released the following statement:

“I have communicated with Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin and other local, state, and federal law enforcement officials regarding the shooting that occurred near St. Francis Hospital today. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement have offered all available resources to our local law enforcement partners. I commend first responders for their timely and proactive response to calls for assistance. I also want to offer my condolences to the families and colleagues of those victims lost to this horrific act of violence.”