Three people injured in Oklahoma courthouse shooting, officials say
The incident began when the unidentified gunman fired into the air around 2:39 p.m. Wednesday, police say.
March 7th, 2012
04:16 PM ET

Three people injured in Oklahoma courthouse shooting, officials say

Editor's note: For more on this story, see CNN affiliates KOTV and KOKI.

[Updated at 5:55 p.m. ET] Three people, including a deputy, were injured Wednesday afternoon after a man exchanged gunfire with officers on a plaza outside the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Courthouse, officials said.

The gunman, the deputy and a bystander were hospitalized, said Sgt. Shannon Clark of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

The incident began when the unidentified gunman discharged a handgun into the air around 2:39 p.m. (3:39 p.m. ET), officials said.

Responding deputies confronted him, and he began shooting, Clark said. Officers returned fire.

The deputy suffered non-life-threatening but serious injuries. A woman was in fair condition, officials said.

A law enforcement official told CNN the suspect was shot in the head and was in very critical condition. Authorities said they did not know why the man initially opened fire.

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  1. Superman

    The three, the good the bad , and the ugly! Hope everybody pulls through! The suspect? Was he a tweaker, or what? Just one last criminal act please?

    March 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Another day, another shooting. This is getting kind of commonplace.
    Pretty soon we'll be turning a blind eye to this stuff too.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. This_blank

    If he fired into the air then waited for a police responce before turning his gun on police he was probable trying to commit police assisted suicide

    March 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Have to agree with you This_blank, pretty dumb thing otherwise.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    holy crap, it went international.. how embarassing..

    i'm pretty sure that's what he was going for, sbc (suicide by cop). i work in that plaza sometimes. not today.

    the deputy was shot in the hand, a black man bystander was shot and went to the hospital, too. a woman had a panic attack at the scene and was handled at the scene. apparently cnn is following fox. the story differs on cbs, where i got my info.

    white shooter. probably voted for santorum.. lol..

    March 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    and yeah, that dude's messed up. cbs showed some totally inappropriate footage.. body in a pool of blood, face blurred.. they warned first.. hit hard, maybe cuz i've stood in that spot.. tragicly, for him, he might live through it. still critical.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Now that would suck! Go to all that trouble for a suicide mission and live! How did anyone else get shot if he fired one shot in the air???

    March 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      one shot? what?

      the plaza is a big, open paved pedestrian area in front of the county courthouse. it's also in front of the main tpd department, and city court house. and a tall city business building and a 4 story library..

      i heard he fired several shots in the air, and walked around a bit with the gun pointed at the ground. the deputies that man the metal detectors at the court house came out and drew down on him. he raised the gun, and shot at them. now he's in the hospital with a head wound and a lower body wound – leg, maybe..

      March 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. happy


    March 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Was just goin by the report on our local network, which was very brief. And ive never been there sorry. Was just a question.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @chrissy: just an answer. 🙂

      new info: shooter's brother recently beat his grandfather to death, and was gunned down by cops.

      March 8, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    He sucks for not hitting the officer in the Jill spot.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Awwwww, did Mommy ignore you as a kid?

      March 8, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |