Chilling messages played over speakers during Tulsa hospital shooting revealed after gunman killed four and shot himself

Chilling messages played over speakers during Tulsa hospital shooting revealed after gunman killed four and shot himself

June 2, 2022

CHILLING coded messages played over speakers during the Tulsa hospital shooting which left five people dead have been revealed.

Philip Tankersley, 27, said they heard “code silver” and “level 1 trauma” announced on the sound system during Wednesday's massacre in Oklahoma.


He had been leaving his father’s room at nearby Saint Francis Hospital around 5pm, when hospital staff said there was an active shooter in the building across the street.

Doors were locked and patients were warned to stay away from the windows, he said.

Code silver is said to be the announcement used by hospitals in the case of a gun threat or shooter.

A level 1 trauma is reserved for the most critical injury.

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Tankersley said he and his mother then sheltered in his father’s hospital room for more than an hour, trying to learn scraps of information from the TV news and passing nurses.

He said they heard “code silver” and “level 1 trauma” announced on the hospital speakers and wondered if they were safe in the room.

“I wasn’t particularly worried because the two people that I need to look out for were in that same room as me,” he said.

“But it was definitely a ‘this is happening here’ moment.”

An unidentified gunman carrying a rifle and a handgun killed four people at the medical building on a hospital campus, cops said.

Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg also said multiple people were wounded and that the medical complex was a “catastrophic scene.”

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The shooter died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.

It was unclear what prompted the deadly assault in Tulsa, Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish said.

But the gunman is said to have had a chilling conversation with a passer-by, telling them he was looking for “Dr. Phillips”.

Physician Gannon Gill revealed a patient had told him that they had encountered the gunman inside the hospital building.

Gill told the New York Times: “The shooter told him and his wife to leave and he was not there for him.”

The shooting is the latest in a series of massacres across the country in recent weeks.

Police responded to the call about three minutes after dispatchers received the report at 4.52pm. and made contact with the gunman roughly five minutes later, at 5.01pm. Dalgleish said.

The length of time it took police officers in Uvalde, Texas, to engage the gunman during last week’s deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School has become a key focus of that investigation.

Officers waited over an hour to breach the classroom where the gunman attacked and killed 21 people, including 19 children.

St. Francis Health System locked down its campus Wednesday afternoon because of the situation at the Natalie Medical Building.

The Natalie building houses an outpatient surgery center and a breast health center.

Dalgleish said an orthopedic clinic also is located on the second floor where officers discovered the shooter and several victims.

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It comes just more than two weeks after a shooting at a Buffalo supermarket by a white man who is accused of killing 10 black people in a racist attack.

The recent Memorial Day weekend saw multiple mass shootings nationwide, including at an outdoor festival in Taft, Oklahoma, 45 miles from Tulsa, even as single-death incidents accounted for most gun fatalities.


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