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BUFFALO, Minn. (NewsNation Now) — One individual is useless after 5 folks had been shot in an assault at a Minnesota well being clinic on Tuesday. A 67-year-old native man was arrested on the scene.
The 5 folks had been taken to hospitals after the assault on the Allina clinic in Buffalo, a neighborhood of about 15,000 folks roughly 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
A hospital spokesperson informed NewsNation one of many 5 injured has died. Three victims are in crucial however steady situation at North Memorial Well being Hospital and one other has been discharged.
The alleged shooter was recognized as Gregory Paul Ulrich, of Buffalo. Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer mentioned Ulrich was well-known to authorities earlier than the assault.
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“Now we have had a number of requires service relationship to 2003,” Deringer mentioned.
Police Chief Pat Budke mentioned his division and space well being care clinics have a historical past of battle with Ulrich, which leads investigators to consider he was concentrating on the clinic or somebody inside. However he mentioned it was too early within the investigation to know if a particular physician was focused.
“Not one of the info that we’ve got from our previous contact with him would point out that he was sad with, or would direct his anger at, anybody aside from folks throughout the services the place he had been handled or the place they’d tried to provide therapy,” Budke mentioned, noting that it didn’t look like a case of home terrorism.
Authorities mentioned Ulrich was staying at a Super8 Motel in Buffalo on the time and extra “suspicious gadgets” had been present in his room. The motel was subsequently evacuated.
NewsNation spoke with Ulrich’s brother, Richard, who had simply realized of the capturing Tuesday night. Following a again surgical procedure two years in the past, Gregory Ulrich’s medical doctors prescribed an opioid painkiller, Richard Ulrich mentioned. Ulrich final spoke along with his brother two months in the past and mentioned the medical doctors had lately stopped prescribing the treatment.
“I believe folks should know what occurred right here,” Richard Ulrich mentioned. “I don’t know something for certain in fact however that’s my greatest guess, he was mad on the medical doctors for not giving the opioids.”
Earlier than his again surgical procedure, Ulrich by no means struggled with opioids however he did battle a ingesting drawback, his brother mentioned. Minnesota courtroom information detailed a number of DWIs related to Gregory Ulrich.
Ulrich is anticipated to look in courtroom Thursday morning, in line with Wright County Lawyer Brian Lutes.
“At the moment it seems it was a single particular person,” Walz mentioned. “Once more, (it’s) too early to inform motives or the reason why.”
Police Chief Pat Budke informed TV station KSTP that the capturing occurred contained in the Allina Clinic Crossroads campus. He mentioned the state of affairs was contained shortly earlier than midday and that there was no additional menace to the general public’s security.
North Memorial Well being spokeswoman Abigail Greenheck mentioned a number of victims had been delivered to its hospital in Robbinsdale. She didn’t say what number of or what situation they had been in. Allina Well being spokesman Timothy Burke declined to say if any victims had been delivered to its Buffalo hospital.
Allina Well being issued the next assertion Tuesday to NewsNation:
“As we speak our hearts are damaged. We’re a household at Allina Well being and this has been an extremely traumatic day for our total group, the sufferers we serve and the neighborhood of Buffalo. Our ideas are at first with these tragically injured and their family members. The Wright County Sheriff’s workplace is main this ongoing investigation, and we’re aiding in any manner we are able to. Proper now, our focus is on supporting our employees, their households and our sufferers. We want to specific our thanks and gratitude to legislation enforcement, first responders and all those that are sending their ideas and prayers.”
The Minnesota State Patrol tweeted patrol pilots had been flying six packing containers of blood from the Purple Cross to a Buffalo hospital for the victims of the incident.