TPD: 1 dead following altercation, shooting at south Tulsa Walgreens
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Emergency crews responded to a shooting at the Walgreens on East 71st Street and South Lewis Avenue around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials say three people total were shot -- an employee was shot in the leg and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, a customer whose condition is unknown, and the alleged shooter who is dead.
Police say upon arrival, they found a 52-year-old black man dead from gunshot wounds.
After reviewing video and interviewing witnesses, police found that the deceased had gotten into a loud altercation with employees over photographs at the photo counter and pulled a gun; he then jumped over the counter, taking the photographs from the clerk who attempted to call the police.
According to police, the man then came back over the counter when the 28-year-old clerk, who had a concealed carry license and was armed, pulled his own weapon and shot him. Police say it appears that two of the clerk's shots hit two other people who were behind the man who started the altercation.
They are expected to survive.
Police say the clerk was not arrested.
Walgreens issued a short statement regarding the armed employee, saying:
We are fully cooperating with police in their active investigation of the incident that occurred in a Tulsa store this afternoon. We refer you to police for any additional comment on the incident. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, patients and customers in the communities we serve.
The company also said that firearms and weapons are prohibited.
The Walgreens store at 71st and Lewis is closed while police continue to investigate.
We spoke with a woman who walked in just after the shooting who described the terrifying events. Cheryl Edwards said, "I was about three minutes away from the shooting. I walked in and seen another lady come out. She was shot..."