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Two shot at Oklahoma restaurant; civilian kills gunman

The Associated Press - May 25, 2018 10:16 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Police say a man armed with a pistol walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant at the dinner hour and opened fire, wounding three customers, before being shot dead by two armed civilians in the parking lot.

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Louie’s On The Lake, a restaurant on Lake Hefner.

Police Capt. Bo Mathews says a woman and two girls were undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds but apparently “are going to survive.” A man suffered a broken arm while trying to escape the shooting.

Authorities have not identified the injured patrons.

Police say the man suspected of shooting three people inside an Oklahoma City restaurant had no criminal record or connection to the victims or the restaurant.

Police say 28-year-old Alexander Tilghman opened fire inside Louie’s On The Lake late Thursday, shooting and wounding a woman and two girls. Tilghman was later shot dead by two bystanders outside, identified as Juan Carlos Nazario and Bryan Wittle.

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Bo Mathews said during a news conference Friday that Tilghman’s only interaction with local police was in 2003, during a domestic assault and battery when Tilghman was 13.

Mathews says the shooting appeared to be random, but noted that Tilghman drove to the restaurant and wore protective gear for his ears and eyes. Mathews says it “looked like his mind was made up that he was going to discharge his firearm once he got there.”

 

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