OKLAHOMA CITY – Items found in the home of a man who shot and wounded patrons inside an Oklahoma City restaurant last week include ammunition that matches the type of gun he used in the shooting, according to a search warrant filed in district court.
Police recovered the items from the northwest Oklahoma City apartment of Alexander Tilghman, 28, during a search that was approved just more than four hours after police say Tilghman opened fire about 6:30 p.m. last Thursday on patrons inside Louie's On The Lake, wounding a woman and two juvenile girls while a man suffered a broken arm when he fell during the chaos following the gunfire.
The 9 millimeter ammunition would match the 9 millimeter handgun that police say Tilghman, who was certified as an armed security guard, used in the shooting.
"He purchased that (weapon) legally," police Capt. Bo Mathews said Wednesday.
The warrant, filed Tuesday, said Tilghman bought the weapon in January 2017.
The warrant says investigators also recovered unspecified "writings in a notebook," a computer, a laptop, a gunbelt with a holster, handcuffs, a flashlight and pepper spray from the apartment.
Police also released the January report by a reporter for The Gayly, an LGBTQ publication, who believed Tillghman could be a threat after she interviewed him about his posting of signs and stickers in the city saying that transsexual people are all clones of demons.
The report says the reporter, however, told officers she was not directly threatened.
"No investigation was assigned because no criminal acts took place," Mathews said.
Tilghman's body was sent to the state medical examiner's office for autopsy, but a report had not been released by Wednesday afternoon and a spokeswoman for the office did not immediately respond to a phone call and email seeking comment.
Wounded in the shooting were Natalie Giles, 39, her 12-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old family friend. The three were arriving at the restaurant for the birthday dinner of another of Giles' daughters, who was
Giles was treated and released while her daughter has also been released, University of Oklahoma Medical Center spokeswoman Kayla Coffey said Wednesday, who said she had no information on the second girl, who was initially reported to be in good condition.
The unidentified man was also initially reported in good condition and Mathews said police had no further information on the victims.