A woman and her 12-year-old daughter have been shot while walking into an Oklahoma City restaurant on Thursday. They were hospitalized and are expected to survive, Mathews said. The two were celebrating a birthday, CNN affiliate KOCO reported.
Two people - "an adult female and a juvenile female" - were shot when the attacker opened fire in the restaurant, and a man broke his leg trying to flee the scene. The civilian shot and killed the suspect.
The suspect entered Louie's Bar and Grill during evening service and opened fire on patrons, before the armed civilian confronted him. Officials say they don't believe the shooting is terrorism related.
"You can say they're heroes, which is a very good thing to say", Matthews said. He said the only interaction police had with the suspected gunman, 28-year-old Alexander Tilghman, was during a domestic assault and battery call when Tilghman was 13. "I would think more than likely they would not be filed on", Matthews said.
Mathews told The Washington Post that the shooting "appears to be a random act", but it remains under investigation.
The NRA said in a tweet Friday that the shootings were an example of "how the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun". Mary Fallin, who vetoed a bill that would have eliminated the requirement for people to have completed a firearms training course in order to carry guns in public.
Jabari Giles, Syniah's father, said she will spend the next five to seven days at recovering at Children's Hospital.
Ron "Spinozi" Benton, 54, an Oklahoma City radio show host on WWLS, was at Louie's on Thursday night sitting at the bar when he heard popping sounds and saw a crowd of people take cover and head for the exits.