Deputy, 2 Others Shot Outside Oklahoma Courthouse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tulsa police say a sheriff's deputy and two other people have been wounded in shootings outside a courthouse plaza.

Police spokesman Leland Ashley says a report of a person firing into the air was reported about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday between the courthouse and the Tulsa City/County Library in downtown. Ashley says two deputies exchanged gunfire with the shooter.

"During the course of exchange of gunfire, an innocent bystander was hit," Ashley said. He said the injuries to the deputy and the bystander did not appear life-threatening.

Library Chief Executive Officer Gary Shaffer told The Associated Press he was returning from lunch when he saw emergency vehicles. A an who appeared to have been shot in the leg was wheeled out of the library by paramedics.

Shaffer said it was unclear if the man, who he said was unconscious, ran into the library after getting shot or if he was shot in the library. There was broken glass in the library from an apparent bullet.

No names were immediately released.

Emergency Medical Services Authority Capt. Chris Stevens said one man was taken to a hospital in critical condition, one man was hospitalized in serious condition and a woman was hospitalized in fair condition. Stevens said a second woman, who was not hit by gunfire, was "shaken up" and treated at the scene.

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