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After yet another mass shooting, Tulsa church prays, reflects: Is there a solution?

Two doctors, a receptionist and a clinic visitor were killed in a medical office attack.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

TULSA, Okla. — Shock. Tears. Prayers. Gun debate.

All ripple through The Park Church of Christ, a 2,000-member congregation that is a microcosm of Tulsa, as yet another American city mourns lives lost in a mass shooting.

“A few days ago, we all found ourselves in a heartbroken state,” Dr. Joe Reese, a church elder and former Saint Francis Health System chief of staff, said as grieving members gathered for worship Sunday.

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 “While we see things on the news, it seems far away. But it really hit home and has hurt … when we see that four innocent Tulsans lost their lives,” added Reese, who knew two of those killed and led a special prayer for the victims’ families, medical professionals and first responders.

On the heels of a May 14 supermarket barrage in which 10 people died in Buffalo, N.Y., and a May 24 school massacre that claimed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, a gunman opened fire last week in a medical office in Oklahoma’s second-largest city.

Flowers and items such as teddy tears form a makeshift memorial outside the Natalie Building on the Saint Francis Health System campus in Tulsa, Okla. Photo by Gabriel Grant Huff

Dr. Preston Phillips, 59; Dr. Stephanie Husen, 48; receptionist Amanda Glenn, 40; and clinic visitor William Love, 73, were shot to death in a building on the Saint Francis campus.

Michael Louis, 45, armed with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and a handgun, targeted his back surgeon — Phillips — after complaining of pain from a recent procedure, police reported. 

The shooter killed himself as officers responded to the attack just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to authorities. A note left by Louis detailed his intent to kill the surgeon and anyone who got in his way, the police report said.

The deaths jolted members of The Park — the home congregation of Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin and dozens of Saint Francis staff.

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

Featured photo by Gabriel Grant Huff

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