Update: 1 dead, 4 hurt in Minnesota health clinic shooting; man held

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead and four others are wounded in a shooting at a Minnesota health clinic.

A 67-year-old local man said to have been angry with the care he received was arrested. The five people were taken to hospitals after Tuesday’s attack at the Allina clinic in Buffalo, a community of about 15,000 people roughly 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Three of the victims remained in critical condition Tuesday evening, and one was discharged from a hospital.

The alleged shooter was identified as Gregory Paul Ulrich, of Buffalo. Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer said Ulrich was well-known to authorities before the attack.

SMN 3:00 p.m. update:

Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer identified the suspect as 67-year-old Gregory Paul Ulrich, a long-time resident of Buffalo.  Deringer says Ulrich is no stranger to law enforcement.  Deringer says both his department and the Buffalo Police Department have records of calls regarding Ulrich dating back to 2003.

A second search for more victims led to the discovery of a suspicious package in the lobby, said Deringer.  The Minneapolis Bomb Squad was called to the scene.

Investigators learned the Ulrich was staying at a Super 8 motel in Buffalo, where “additional suspicious devices” were found according to the sheriff.  The hotel was evacuated and the area cleared, he said.

Police believe Ulrich acted alone.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will assist with the ongoing investigating.

Police Chief Pat Budke said given the history local law enforcement has with the suspect, he believes Ulrich likely targeted the clinic itself, or someone who was inside.

Budke said there is a history of Ulrich being unhappy with the healthcare he received.

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say multiple people were shot at a Minnesota health clinic on Tuesday and someone was taken into custody afterward.

Kelly Prestidge, an office manager for the Buffalo Police Department, told The Associated Press that the shooting happened Tuesday at an Allina clinic in Buffalo, about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis. She said one person was taken into custody, but that she didn’t know if it was the shooter. She also said she didn’t have further information on the attack, including how many people were shot or if anyone was killed.

Police Chief Pat Budke said the situation was contained and there is no further threat. An FBI spokesman says the agency’s bomb technicians were headed to the scene.


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