Gregory Paul Ulrich Bio, Wiki
Gregory Paul Ulrich is a 67-year-old man who has been identified as the gunman who opened fire inside a Minnesota health clinic Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2021. He is a local man “very familiar” to law enforcement, police said.
Ulrich critically injured five people around 11 a.m. at the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, police said. “There is no information at this point that leads us to believe there is any nexus with any type of domestic terrorism. We are very familiar with the suspect,” Chief Pat Budke told reporters.
Police responding to reports of gunfire took Ulrich into custody. Officials believe that he acted alone and aren’t looking for additional suspects.
Multiple victims reported in incident at the Allina Health clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota. Reports of an active shooter. One witness tells me she also heard multiple bombs go off. Local parents say nearby schools are on lockdown.
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Gregory Paul Ulrich Motive
Ulrich was disgruntled with the healthcare system opened fire inside a Minnesota clinic. He entered the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis, just before 11 a.m. local time Tues Feb 9th, and started shooting before he was taken into custody about an hour later, cops said during an afternoon news briefing.
Initial emergency dispatch audio indicated a series of explosive devices were set off inside the facility and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said multiple “improvised explosive devices” were found but police were unable to confirm if the devices were set off or if they were bombs.
When cops first responded to the clinic, they found a “horrible” scene with multiple people bloodied and injured, Wright County Sheriff Sean Derringer said during the briefing.
“Upon arrival, we also located several victims, it’s a horrible looking scene and our staff immediately began rendering aid to those victims,” Derringer said.
Officers then found a “suspicious package” in the corner of the lobby and immediately evacuated the building so the Minnesota bomb squad could investigate the possible device.
Ulrich was staying at a nearby Super 8 motel where “additional suspicious devices were found,” Derringer said, adding the motel was evacuated.
Kelly Spratt, the president for Allina Health’s Buffalo Hospital, said a total of five patients were transported from the clinic. Four went to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, a level 1 trauma center outside of Minneapolis designed to handle the worst of the worst of injuries, and another went to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, also a level 1 trauma center.
“This obviously is a very challenging day for us out here and across the Allina health family,” Spratt said during the briefing. “Our hearts break again for the family of the patients that trust us with their care and for the greater community.”
Spratt couldn’t say if the victims were patients or medical workers — he also didn’t have up to date information on their conditions and if they had died.
Gregory Paul Ulrich Criminal History
Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke, who appeared close to tears at the start of the news conference, said Ulrich had multiple run-ins with police dating back to 2003 and had a “history of conflict” centered around “healthcare and with the healthcare that he received.”
“The history that we have as a department with this individual makes it most likely that this incident was targeted at that facility or at someone at that facility,” Budke explained.
“None of the information that we have from our past contact with him would indicate that he was unhappy with or would direct his anger at anyone other than people within the facilities where he had been treated or where they’d attempted to give treatment.”