Police say that the murders were not random and the Beast reports that the killer left a note. The contents of that note have not been revealed, but police have indicated that the shooter, a black male, had specifically targeted Dr. Preston Phillips, one of Tulsa’s few black doctors. The Daily Beast report cites a police statement that the shooter had complained about back pain following a surgery performed by Dr. Phillips last month. The killer had reportedly made repeated calls asking for additional treatment for his pain.
The purchase of the rifle on the day of the shooting will be used as an argument for waiting periods, but the purchase of the pistol several days earlier undercuts that argument. A preliminary look at the facts suggests that the shooter had planned his attack at least several days in advance.
One factor that is decidedly atypical is the shooter’s race. Most spree shooters are white (52 percent) with blacks representing only about 20 percent of these killers.
As we learn more about the shooter, I think we will find that he fits more profiles as well. He seems to have been suicidal as about 72 percent of killers are, and if the reports of his surgical complications are accurate, he seems to have experienced trauma that motivated his attack, a factor present in about 42 percent of mass shootings. I would not be surprised if evidence of mental health problems and other red flags emerge as well.
As I close this piece, I’d like to offer my condolences and sympathies to the families and friends of the victims as well as salute the Tulsa Police Department for its quick response.From the Racket