OKLAHOMA CITY – The man suspected of shooting three people in a restaurant in Oklahoma City before he was shot by passers-by had no obvious connection to the victims or the restaurant and was legally authorized to to carry a firearm. Investigators attempt to capture a motive behindto Oklahoma City Police Capt. To determine Bo Mathews.
He said the only interaction police with the alleged sniper, 28-year-old Alexander Tilghman, had been during a domestic attack and a battery call when Tilghman was 1
The police said Tilghman happened to pick Louie's restaurant, which was full of guests for dinner. "It looked like he knew he would hand in his firearm as soon as he got there," Mathews said during a press conference on Friday.
"It could have been really bad. It's a limited area and nobody really can escape.".
He stressed that the investigation continues and confirms that Tilghman's mental health is under investigation.
On a Facebook page, which according to the police belonged to Tilghman, the man posts a video in which he claims that his television is obsessed with the devil. The page uses the same profile photo as a YouTube channel on which a man who looks like Tilghman describes demons that own his TV and are surrounded by computers.
He quietly asks for help from "a real person" and says he is suicidal, lonely and "really loses it". LGBT Group Freedom Oklahoma director Troy Stevenson said Tilghman was the same man who distributed flyers over Oklahoma City earlier this year and warned of demons that would take over human bodies. And a reporter from the LGBT publication The Gayly conducted an interview with Tilghman in January warning of "demons in cloned transsexual (sic) bodies."
Everywhere Tilghman drove, flyers were plastered with similar messages, said Ryan Beaulac, who said he often saw Tilghman in his apartment complex in northwest Oklahoma City.
Beaulac said he saw how Tilghman behaved strangely on Wednesday.
"He was nervous, grabbing his hair and behaving strangely," said 35-year-old Beaulac. "I felt uncomfortable and wanted to get away from him."
A man posing as Tilghman's brother told TV channel KOCO that Tilghman needed mental health treatment and said, "No one joined him, you know. He cried for help."
Tilghman was licensed as an armed security guard, who authorized him to carry a firearm, said Gerald Konkler, general counsel for the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. The council certifies law enforcement officials and other armed personnel throughout the state. To obtain such a license, a background examination and at least 72 hours of training is required.
A woman answering the phone at the house allegedly belonging to Tilghman's mother declined to comment when she was contacted by The Associated Press.
The police said Tilghman was armed with a gun when he opened the fire at 6.30 pm in Louies On The Lake. on Thursday. They said the suspect was standing in the door of the restaurant and started firing.
"There was pop, pop, pop," said Ron Benton, one of about 100 patrons who touched the floor and then the door. He ran and hid among the cars.
A 39-year-old woman and two girls were shot and injured while an unarmed man broke his arm while trying to escape. All four victims were in good condition, according to police.
Mathews, the police spokesman, praised the two citizens who took firearms out of their vehicles and shot Tilghman outside the restaurant.
"They were able to shoot the suspect and put an end to a very dangerous situation," Mathews said.
Mathews said it is unlikely that any of the men, Juan Carlos Nazario and Bryan Whittle, will face prosecution. Telephone and text messages left by The Associated Press to receive a comment from the two men were not returned immediately on Friday.
The Hal Smith Restaurant Group, which owns the restaurant, said the restaurant was closed on Friday and the consultants were available to staff and customers.
"We are very grateful that the situation did not escalate further and that injuries were not more widespread, but our hearts are with the wounded during this incident," the statement states.
The National Rifle Association said in a Friday tweet that shooting is an example of "how the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".
In April, a restaurant fan gunned a rifle at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, an assault rifle. Four people were killed in this shooting. The police said that if the patron did not think fast enough, there would have been many more casualties.