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Police released the names of the four victims who died Wednesday after a shooting inside a medical facility in Tulsa.

Tulsa identified the victims Thursday as Dr. Preston Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Hosen, Amanda Glenn and William Love.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said at a news conference Thursday morning that the gunman was a patient of Phillips and blamed him for his ongoing pain after recent back surgery.

The police said the shooter I entered the Natalie Medical Building on the Saint Francis Health System campus Through the second floor and started shooting and killing the four victims before he committed suicide.

“We pray. We all pray because we all need to pray,” Wendell said Thursday.

According to Wendell, Phillips performed back surgery for the gunman on May 19. The man was released from the hospital on May 24 and called Phillips’ office several times complaining of pain. On May 31, police said Phillips saw him to address the issue before calling again on June 1.

Dr. Ryan Parker, associate medical director of the St. Francis Health System, is one of 10,000 people who work in the health care system.

“When I woke up this morning, I really wanted it all to be just a bad dream, but that’s the reality of our world now,” Parker said. “We wanted to be able to use our skills and training to save these precious lives. To Mr. Luv’s family, I am so sorry that we couldn’t save you. We grieve for you.”

Tulsa police released more information about the victims Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Preston Phillips

Phillips, 59, graduated in 1990 from Harvard Medical School. According to the police, Phillips completed two fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in 1986 and 1996. Dr. Phillips has advanced degrees in organic chemistry and pharmacology, as well as a theology from Emory University.

Phillips was an orthopedic surgeon with an interest in spine surgery and joint reconstruction, according to a profile on the hospital system website. He had served as the head physician for the WNBA team in Tulsa before the franchise moved out of the state, according to Tulsa World.

In addition to his medical degree, Phillips holds advanced degrees in organic chemistry, pharmacology, and theology.

Missy Fox of Broken Arrow said Phillips had two back surgeries in 2019 and 2020, describing him as a “compassionate and caring soul.”

“I’ve never had a doctor in all the years of my life who has been as wonderful as he has been,” Fox said. “He was working from his heart. I can’t imagine something like this happening to him in such a horrible way. It breaks my heart so hard.”

Police said Thursday that evidence showed the gunman acted alone and that the shooting was premeditated. Police said he searched for Phillips and “anyone who stands in his way”. He was found dead in the exam room on the second floor.

Dr. Cliff Robertson, President and CEO of St. Francis Health System, said Phillips was a dedicated caregiver and considered medicine his goal. Robertson said that Phillips was “a brilliant man.”

“He was a man we should all strive to emulate,” Robertson said. “The fact that some people are following Dr. Phillips is amazing. He’s one of those people who, you know, his clinic can’t always be on time because he’s going to spend every minute with patients who need him.”

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The J. Robert Gladin Orthopedic Society said in a statement that Phillips was one of its members. The Towson, Maryland group, said its mission is to increase diversity within the orthopedic profession and “promote the highest quality of musculoskeletal care for all people.”

The group described the shooting as a “despicable act”.

William Love

Franklin said Love, 73, was found injured in a second-floor examination room and taken to a hospital emergency room for treatment. He died there.

Although Love was a patient at the clinic where the shooting occurred, he did not have an appointment that day, but was escorting another patient, said Richard Mullenberg, the Tulsa police chief.

The Tulsa Police Department said in a statement posted to Facebook that Love was a retired sergeant with 27 years of service, including one round in the Vietnam War. Love enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family of eight great-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Their daughter, Karen Denise Love, said that Love took his wife, Deborah, to the clinic on the day of the shooting for a six-month check-up. Deborah Love underwent back surgery in December.

They were in the examination room with a Phillips aide when the couple heard the commotion outside. When they realized it was a gunshot, Karen Love said her father grabbed the doorknob from inside the room.

“When they heard this guy was going up and down the hall, they knew it was a shooting,” Karen Love said. “They thought someone was just shooting people. My dad was trying to hold the door as best he could.”

The shooter passed through their room, but they heard him return. He then began shooting through the sheetrock walls and through the door, she said, hitting William Love.

“William Love’s family would like us to share at the time of the shooting, William heard gunshots and knew his wife wouldn’t be able to escape the building on her own. A Facebook post posted by the Tulsa Police on Facebook stated that he gave his life for it.

Karen Love said her father was born in Georgia, “a poor boy farmer.”

“He was a red, white, and blue guy, dad,” she said. “He was a good, stable human being.”

His daughter said that before he was killed, Love was planning to travel with his wife. Karen Love said they enjoyed California, Wyoming, and Georgia.

Amanda Glenn

Her family described the 40-year-old Glenn as a devoted wife, mother, loving sister and daughter. Robertson said she was a receptionist and worked in a supervisory role.

The three employees were “the three best people in the entire world, the most committed to doing what they do every day and taking care of others,” Robertson said.

“A true servant’s heart, Amanda always puts everyone first. She was the happiest just being with her family, with the most amazing love for her children and husband. Amanda has worked in the medical field for over 18 years. Her family says she has always had the brightest smile and kindest soul. She has survived kissed her husband, Jonathan Glenn, and her two sons, Gabe Glenn and Ian Glenn,” according to the police post.

The Charles Page High School baseball team said in a Facebook post that Glenn was a devoted wife, mother, and friend.

“She was on our enhanced club board and selflessly served the boys and coaches in baseball. She was the biggest cheerleader for both her sons and all of our boys!” the statement said. “Our baseball family is at a loss.”

Dr. Stephanie Hosen

According to the Hospital System website, Hussein, 48, has focused on sports medicine. She graduated from medical school in 2000 from Oklahoma State University and also trained at Greenville Memorial Hospital and Stedman Hawkins Clinic in South Carolina.

Robertson said Hussain was “a wonderful person”.

Hosen’s ex-husband, John Rickenbill, said Hussain was a physical therapist when she broke her foot in a car accident in the late 1990s. Rickenbill told The Associated Press that while rehabilitating her injury, Howsen made the decision to go to medical school and study orthopedic surgery.

Rickenbell said Hussain, who has two brothers, loved her family and enjoyed being a doctor.

“This is absolutely unacceptable,” said Rickenbill. “She’s out there doing her job…she’s loved helping people and she’s taken off this planet doing what she loves to do.”

Howsen grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and was a huge fan of Oklahoma Sooners football, Rickenbell said.

“She was the greatest woman ever,” he said. “She was the best doctor, she was the best person, she was the best wife.”

Hussain was cleaning her house recently and sent him pictures from his late mother’s wedding “suddenly,” Rickenbell said.

“That’s the kind of woman she was,” said Rickenbell.

Rickenbell said Hussain was often “the smartest person in the room, but she never told you that.