TULSA, Okla. – After the second mass shooting in a week, Tulsa’s Chief of Police, Wendell Franklin released the names of the victims killed in Wednesday’s deadly shooting at Saint Francis Hospital’s Natalie Medical Building.
In all, four people were killed, in addition to the gunman. At least 10 others were hurt, KOKI reported.
Dr. Preston Philips
Dr. Preston Philips was the intended target of the gunman, officials said Thursday. The gunman had surgery performed by Philips on May 19 and was released on May 24. He had called Philips’ office complaining about pain, asking for follow-up treatment. Police said he saw Phillips on May 31 and purchased the gun, an AR-15-style weapon, the next day.
According to Saint Francis Health System, Phillips was an orthopedic surgeon with the Warren Clinic Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine group. His biography says he had “an interest in spinal surgery, joint reconstruction – including joint replacement and the treatment of fractures.”
In addition to being a surgeon, Phillips also had degrees in organic chemistry and pharmacology, as well as, a degree in theology.
Phillips was an emeritus board member of the Saint Francis Health System and was a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, Scoliosis Research Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Phillips graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1990, WFXT reported.
Phillips’ patients said on reviews of his practice that he was “stern, yet friendly and professional” and “one of the best orthopedic spinal surgeons in Tulsa.”
Phillips would travel annually with the nonprofit Light in the World Development Foundation as part of medical missions.
Ruth Folly, a surgical technician who would travel with Phillips and whose father created the foundation, said that Phillips was a “guy you can rely on and someone you want to have in your life because he was such a fun and loving guy,” CNN reported.
Cliff Robertson, the president and CEO of Saint Francis Health Systems said, “He is a man we should all strive to emulate,” KOKI reported.
Dr. Stephanie Husen
Dr. Stephanie Husen worked at the same clinic as Phillips — Warren Clinic Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, according to Saint Francis Health System.
She did her internship and residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital in 2004 and 2005, respectively, after attending Oklahoma State University – Center for Health Services for medical school. She had a fellowship with Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas in 2008.
William Love was a patient and tried to hold the door closed to let others escape when the gunman opened fire, police said on Thursday, according to KOKI.
Amanda Glenn was a receptionist, police said, according to KOKI. She also helped keep the gunman from carrying out the shooting, police said.
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